Sunday, March 17, 2013
Lone Star Open 2013
So, I've been doing a lot of thinking about what chess does for me.
After a Pros vs. Cons analysis, I found that:
- I love chess as a pass-time
- I love the thrills and intensity it gives (when there are good games)
- I enjoy the challenge of thinking under pressure
- I love trying to find and solve tactics
- I don't like 4 hour games ... especially when I lose games that are really close. In long games, I feel deprived ... even when I win games.
- In shorter games, I don't feel deprived so much
- In longer games, I see lots of things - but what drives me insane is trying to keep track of all the different lines ... I sometimes feel like I'm going crazy trying to keep it all together
There might be more pros and cons ... but I think I came to a realization this weekend: I don't like long games. My limit seems to be about G/60. G/30 5 feels like a good time control.
Another thing too ... I don't like tournament chess anymore.
Friday night's game was nuts ...
First,there was a wedding going on at the same time - across the hall. They played bongo drums for about 30 minutes! It was insane. The TD let people who lost or drew that first round, re-enter for free.
Second, quite regularly, I try to chat with my opponent at the beginning of the game or afterwards in the skittles room. More often than not, my opponent seems very anti-social and even sometimes rude.
Third, germs and kids and un-showered people, long finger-nails, body odor, coughing, sneezing, runny noses, tapping, wiggling and squirming, thumping, slurping, etc, etc
Fourth, driving long distances ... the Lone Star Open was actually close to where I live, so I really liked the location of this tournament, but most of the other ones around Houston are on the opposite side of town.
All of this leaves me with playing shorter, more frequent chess games on-line. I might still play an OTB when I have a free weekend, but I don't think I'll miss it much if I can't make it to an OTB. I think I'm pretty content with finding 30 5 and 60 5 games on-line ... playing them in my comfortable, quiet and clean home.