Wednesday, September 09, 2015

My (Slighty Tattered) Chess Career

So going on seven weeks ago I was happy to report that Derek Slater was back "And (Perhaps) Me Too" but there's been no follow-through, as such. A few times I logged in here thinking about what to write and nothing came, because looking back the events that really inspired my postings in the past, like glorious USCF-rated tournament victories and soul-crushing defeats, are currently on hold.

I haven't played any "real" chess, rated tournament chess, in almost five years. In the meantime I've had some decent success at "correspondence" on chess.com (where I'm RobertPearson, and if you want to challenge me I'll play anybody [with a pulse]), and played a few thousand online blitz games and gotten slightly better at that. But none of these things interests me as much as rated games with real humans sitting across the board.



Looking back, there were some fun times going on with the chess improvement movement and especially the "Knights de la Maza" in those good old days from about 2008-10. I've been reviewing my archive today and found a few problems with looking at it--all of the game replayers I used then don't work now, and one of them causes the page to crash! So it's going to take some effort to be able to see those posts. Links are temporarily on hold, until further notice...

Most of the bloggers in the sidebar are inactive/deleted/404'd now, but there are a few interesting points. Path to Chess Mastery is still going strong, probably because "admin" is quite together and sane, which helps.  Ivan didn't quite Get to 2000.

Temposchlucker, who was "The Hardest Working Man in Chess Improvement" at one time, fired off one last post about a year ago...Final Conclusion:

What this blog lacks is a final conclusion. I will provide one now.

There are things in life that one can call "unfinished business". In my life I had two which stood out: fishing and playing chess.

I hardly caught any fish when I started to experiment with fishing.
It took me 25 years to get the hang of it. At the moment I understood how to do it and started to catch lots and lots of fish, I abandoned fishing. Since I don't like fishing. Experimenting and finding out  how it works was a definite challenge, but when the challenge was over, it was finished. I never touched an angling rod again.

I made a genuine effort to get substantially better at chess. I failed. The final conclusion is that the common belief that you can become good at anything just by willing it and working hard is not true. No matter how intelligent you are.

I learned lots and lots of things about the workings of my own mind, so I don't consider it a waste of time. The lessons reach way beyond chess.

What is left is a monument of which others can take advantage. You can save yourself an awful lot of time by reading this blog well.

Good luck to all of you.
Now that's useful, frank and honest. Thank you, sir.

Here's something I wrote six years ago in a burst of clear thinking:

Most of my improvement came from playing good players from 1982-90, and that's it!



Play. The. Game.

I believe I'll never completely abandon the idea of improvement, and the quest, but at this stage what I'm looking for is more the joy of chess. That's still lurking, quite strong and sound, blood pumping softly through its veins...

Reassembler is doing something good and interesting in looking at his chess in coordination with Stockfish. Going forward here I'm going to do some of that too, looking at the old, my games and ancient Grandmaster clashes that have rarely seen the light since they were played, and have probably never been computer-analyzed. I haven't followed GM chess much for the last five years, but I'm aware that Magnus! has done some great things. However, there's a lifetime's worth of interesting chess to enjoy, that's older than I. Some of it is coming here, soon.

Also, Liquid Egg Product is still extant--even looks like its design out of the "oughts" and belongs in the second decade of the 21st century! Now LEP was never a chess blog, as such, but it was always something better--an island of sanity.

I'd like to make a comeback here and be that.

(ADDED: Anyone have a suggestion for the best game replayer on Blogger, these days?)

68 comments:

ChessAdmin said...

I completely agree with your bottom line. The best chess I played was when I played a lot (and learned a lot experientially). There's no substitute. Maybe I'll play more over this next year...

Thanks for considering me sane...although you use the same word in reference to LEP...which of course leads me to question your sanity.

Looking forward to the next chapter in your chess journey.

Robert Pearson said...

A good point; I was referring to The Egg. I have some reservations about Donnie... Thanks for stopping by and your gracious comment.

Kquotes Com said...

I completely agree with your bottom line. The best chess I played was when I played a lot (and learned a lot experientially). There's no substitute. Maybe I'll play more over this next year...

Rocky said...

nice post Robert! after all these years and attempts at improving, i've arrived at a couple of conclusions.

1. i'm not going to become an expert.
2. i simply enjoy playing chess - be it correspondence, slow or blitz.

and so i just play.

James Stripes said...

I have looked at several game replayers over the years. The basic criteria is that it must produce code that works on my blog. External links to hosts will always be temporary. That's why reading my blog is like reading a chess book with a lot of diagrams.

ChessBase software easily exports html files that can be embedded on a website, but I haven't learned how to embed them so they work on blogger.

The Aforementioned Derek said...

I think we agree that Donnie is very disturbed. :)

Here's the other thing about chess: Your thoughts on the game are essentially *interesting*. It's not that you are a 2700, but that you are like many of us: A random schmuck with a unique-but-relatable-and-rational-sounding frame of reference. And a fine writer. (As my teacher Mr. Yonce dismissively told me in 12th grade: "You just like a well-turned phrase.")

So, your analysis and writings may not turn me into a 2200 -aha! It's YOUR fault!- but we find them enjoyable nonetheless.

That's worth something, to me anyway.

p.s. 1: what about all those career-n-such changes?
p.s. 2: you remind me to go ahead and finish my draft about dead chess blogs. Thank you.

Robert Pearson said...

Dear Aforementioned Derek,

Seriously--thank you, that's inspiring!

Less seriously--this is by far the warmest I've ever felt from being called a "random schmuck." P.s 1 answer: After my last firing from the political world I was fortunate enough to find an utterly non-political position that I love. Have completely left politics; I don't even care who our next President is, as all the candidates are warm, caring, nice-but-tough-at-the-right-time wonderful human beings. Just look at 'em! The country's in the very best of hands.

Anonymous said...

Moar?

Robert Pearson said...

Efforting!

ChessAdmin said...

So, since you last wrote, Temposchlucker is back...so you really have no excuses...

Re: the game replayer, I've switched to using the Aquarium 2015 game export function (iBook for blog) which I think gives a superior presentation. For something free, the chess.com game replayer is actually quite good now.

Anonymous said...

check out how this chess tounerment went down here hope you will find it very interesting

Loran Fabyuel said...

Great blog and post thanks for proessaywriting.com essay writing service sharing remarkable and knowledge with us.

Friv100 said...

You want to relax after a stressful working hours. Refer to our website. hope you get the most comfort.
Thanks for sharing !
Friv 100
Friv 8
Friv 2

Liquid Egg Product said...

It brings me great sorrow to see no further posts since last year. Maybe the era of the blog--or at least these blogs--is just over :( It's like trying CPR, but knowing that there's a 25% chance of success (unlike on TV).

If you never post again, let it be known that you've provided us with great joy and reflection.

Anna University said...

Happy Pongal Wishes
Happy Pongal Images
Happy Pongal wishes images
Vijay Happy Pongal Wishes
Thala Ajith Happy Pongal Wishes
Happy Pongal Wishes sms
Tamil actors Happy Pongal Wishes
Happy Makkar shanranthi images
Happy Makkar shanranthi wishes
Happy Makkar shanranthi images wallpapers
Happy Makkar shanranthi wallpapers
Happy pongal 2017
Happy pongal 2017 images
Happy pongal 2017 wallpapers
advance Happy pongal 2017
Happy pongal 2017 whatsapp wishes
Happy pongal 2017 in Tamil wishes
Happy pongal 2017 in English
Happy pongal 2017 telugu
Happy pongal 2017 in Kanada

Anonymous said...

Good post.

Ravi Shakya said...

Nice Post
http://cyclonethemes.com
http://cninfotech.com
http://www.gharmajob.com
http://bloodforme.com

Waltra Jelly Gamat said...

The information is very good and very useful. I really like it and I am also waiting for the post information.


Qnc Jelly Gamat
Walatra Sehat Mata Softgel
Jelly Gamat Walatra
Jelly Gamat Walatra
Gamat Emas Kapsul Walatra
Obat Kolesterol Tinggi
Obat Asam Lambung
Obat Tradisional Filariasis
Cara Membersihkan Rahim Pasca Keguguran Tanpa Kuret

Yuda Herbal said...

QnC Jelly Gamat

Obat Diabetes Melitus

QnC Jelly Gamat

G Sea Jelly Gamat Emas Walatra

QnC Jelly Gamat

Gamat Emas Kapsul Walatra

Grosir Herbal

Obat Penyakit Lambung

Walatra Sehat Mata

Tips Pengobatan Diabetes

Obat Mata Minus said...

Obat mata minus walatra

Sehat mata softgel


http://ow.ly/AbjX30f2TzI


http://mysp.ac/3u1Iz

Obat herbal walatra sehat mata said...

walatra sehat mata

Qnc Jelly Gamat said...

http://goo.gl/Gfxa1w
http://mysp.ac/3ulsk
http://bit.ly/2xqlG0Y
http://ow.ly/eEC730fphtf
http://tinyurl.com/y97c7uth

obat tumor ganas said...

obat tumor ganas
http://bit.ly/2yb1Jfo
http://goo.gl/UhdVKv
http://ow.ly/87pS30fvdxf
http://mysp.ac/3uyRj
http://tinyurl.com/y72t5hf4

qnc jelly gamat said...

This is the most interesting information and fit into our topic. obat amandel tanpa operasi and cara menghilangkan miom di rahim and walatra gamat emas kapsul

Obat Urat Syaraf Kejepit said...


thanks to post
Obat Urat Syaraf Kejepit
http://bit.ly/2xlERtA
http://goo.gl/kkYkFr
http://tinyurl.com/y6wrc9l4
http://ow.ly/Hy4030fGbDh
http://mysp.ac/3vIot

obat kista said...

izin share min
obat kista
http://bit.ly/2kuo15X
http://tinyurl.com/ybcm29e9
http://goo.gl/kvE7Fd
http://ow.ly/UOOZ30fHXjz
http://mysp.ac/3vMhV

adham washim said...

Jika Anda mencari Masalah Pintu Geser di Rumah Anda mungkin berpikir bahwa Anda perlu meninggalkan semua ide indah dan kreatif yang Anda miliki membersihkan gelas kaca. Beranikan diri Anda untuk membuat pria tergila-gila pada wanita! Kedelapan tips cuci mukena pada buku ide kali ini membuktikan bahwa ukuran yang kecil itu bisa menjadi nyaman dan praktis klik selengkapnya.

Anda tidak perlu menumpuk hutang hanya untuk mendapatkan Sofa yang Pas untuk Rumah Minimalis berukuran besar dan merealisasikan Tips Membeli Rumah Pertama Anda yang sebenarnya juga dapat yang sepenuhnya diterapkan pada rumah yang berukuran kecil dengan menggunakan Trik Jitu Menjual Rumah. Permak Ruangan Ini Sebelum Jual Rumah terlihat seperti rumah kontemporer, Rumah mungil ini sangat inovatif dan menawan dan merawat sepatu biar awet.

Raya Resmana said...

Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once
cara untuk menghentikan pendarahan saat haid yang berlebihan, cara menyembuhkan kista coklat tanpa operasi, cara menghilangkan bintik-bintik lemak kecil di kelopak mata,

365movies online said...

avengers infinity war full movie
avengers infinity war full movie online
watch avengers infinity war
watch avengers infinity war full movie

Pengobatan Alternatif Amandel Tanpa Operasi said...

pengobatan alternatif wasir ambeien tanpa operasi

pengobatan alternatif patah tulang tanpa operasi

pengobatan alternatif penyakit prostat tanpa operasi

pengobatan alternatif mata minus tanpa operasi

pengobatan alternatif urat saraf terjepit tanpa operasi

Crew Fauzi said...

I and my family are very helpful with the info from you. May we all succeed the Hereafter.

Cara Cepat Mengecilkan Perut Buncit

Obat Benjolab Di Vagina

Obat Oles Tahan Lama

Sehat Itu Barokah

ياسمين حسام said...

افضل شركة تنظيف فلل بابوظبي
افضل شركة تنظيف شقق بابوظبي
افضل خدمات تنظيف بعجمان
افضل خدمات تنظيف بالشارقة
افضل شركة تنظيف مجالس بدبي
افضل شركة تنظيف بدبي
افضل شركة تنظيف موكيت بعجمان
افضل شركة تنظيف مكاتب بعجمان

افضل شركة تنظيف مطاعم بعجمان

افضل شركة تنظيف موكيت بالشارقة

M Keenan said...

Regardless of what was discussed, it was very lucky for me to find a site like yours

Penyebab Hepatitis B
Cara Mengobati Kanker Kelenjar Getah Bening
Gejala Kanker Anus
Penyebab Kanker Anus
Ciri Ciri Terkena Penyakit Liver

nunung fitri said...

Hello there and thank you for your information.
Ketahui Gejala dan Penyebab Amiloidosis
Apakah Penyakit Ataksia Bisa Disembuhkan Dengan Cara Alami ?
Cara Mengobati Abses Paru Paru

Maya Hana said...

You present very interesting information, hopefully useful for its readers

Cara Cepat Menghilangkan Penumpukan Lemak Di Hati
Bahaya Penyakit Jantung Koroner
Manfaat Kunyit Untuk Obat Neuropati
Cara Mengobati Lymphocele
Manfaat Daun Kemangi Untuk Keputihan

Risma Rosmayanti said...

This article contains a lot of information needed by the general public, so it is very interesting to read by anyone who needs that information. Welcome to my page and good luck...

Gejala Penyakit Stroke Yang Sering Timbul
Pengobatan Herbal Penyakit Stroke
Cara Ampuh Mengobati Sirosis Hati Secara Herbal
Makanan Yang Dapat Mengurangi Nafsu Makan Anak
Tanaman Herbal Untuk Mencegah Timbulnya Nyeri Otot

Walatra Herbal said...

This is a very interesting information to visit.
Obat Wasir Alami
Cara Mengobati Gondok Beracun
Obat Hepatitis Alami
Obat Alami Iritasi Kulit Selangkangan

Risma Rosmayanti said...

This article contains a lot of information needed by the general public, so it is very interesting to read by anyone who needs that information. Welcome to my page and good luck...

Penyebab Timbulnya Penyakit Herpes
Cara Mengobati Herpes Secara Herbal
Pengobatan Herbal Ambeien Tanpa Operasi
Pengobatan Ampuh Mata Merah Secara Herbal

Walatra Herbal said...

The information we always wait for.
Penyebab Stroke Iskemik
Cara Mengatasi Kaki Keseleo
Pencegahan Penyakit Gagal Ginjal
Obat Tradisional Polip Rahim

Obat Angin Duduk Manjur said...

The blog structure is very good, I am really inspired by your writing work. Thank you very much for the information.

Obat Alergi Dingin Manjur
Obat Kanker Serviks Manjur
Obat Sakit Pinggang Manjur
Obat Insomnia Manjur

Cara Membersihkan Paru-Paru Bagi Perokok Aktif said...

Thank you for the very useful information. Waiting for further information, Success continues for the future, have a nice day

Obat Alternatif Rematik
Obat Alternatif Diabetes
Obat Alternatif Wasir
Obat Alternatif Asam Lambung

4 Hal Bahaya Batu Ginjal Yang Harus Diwaspadai said...

Thank you for the information, hopefully useful. Always successful. Wait for further information

Obat Kanker Rahim
Obat Vertigo
Obat Batu Empedu
Obat Batu Ginjal

Makanan Penyembuh Infeksi Saluran Kemih said...

Thank you for posting this useful information. This is what I'm looking for. I will return to this blog for sure!

Obat Ginjal Bocor 100% Manjur
Obat Radang Usus 100% Manjur
Obat Radang Tenggorokan 100% Manjur
Obat Infeksi Kandung Kemih 100% Manjur

nunung fitri said...

Readers who can be the most special people.
Obat Mata Kering
Obat Mata Malas
Obat Neuritis Optik

Obat Eksim Basah Terbaik said...

Very interesting and very useful article, success continues for the future, and thank you for the information

Obat Hipertensi Terbaik
Obat Infeksi Saluran Kemih Terbaik
Obat Parkinson Terbaik
Obat Alternatif Anemia Terbaik

Ichsan Fatur Rizki said...

I thank you for your site which is very helpful.

Obat Alternatif Eksim Kering Terbaik 100% Alami Manjur
Obat Alternatif Eksim Terbaik 100% Alami Manjur
Obat Alternatif TBC Terbaik 100% Alami Manjur
Obat Alternatif Jerawat Terbaik 100% Alami Manjur

Abdul Abdul gani said...

Thank you for the article, hopefully the article you give can be useful.
OBAT HERNIA ALAMI TANPA OPERASI TERBUKTI MANJUR
Obat Stroke Trombotik 100% Alami Paling Ampuh
Obat Prostat Alami Tanpa Operasi
Obat Batu Empedu Tanpa Operasi 100% Alami
OBAT MATA RABUN JAUH ( MIOPI ) 100% ALAMI
Obat Jantung Koroner Alami Dan Aman
OBAT KOMPLIKASI 100% ALAMI DAN MANJUR
OBAT WASIR 100% ALAMI TANPA OPERASI

Cara Mengobati Kalazion said...

Sommige blogs van echte kwaliteit op deze website, opgeslagen in mijn bladwijzers.
Obat Tradisional Hepatitis C Kronis
Obat Hipotiroidisme Alami
Obat Tradisional Kadas Kurap Yang Mudah Dibuat Sendiri
Penyebab dan Ciri-Ciri Penyakit Kista Payudara
Cara Mengobati Pembengkakan Kelenjar Prostat

sandi sholehudin said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
sandi sholehudin said...

Your comment is very unusual and interesting again, thank you, thank you
Cara Mengatasi Penyakit Jantung Kumat Dengan Cara Tradisional
Olahraga Yang Baik Untuk Penderita Penyakit Jantung Lemah
Cara Mengobati Penyakit Jantung Lemah Secara Tradisional
Cara Mengobati Penyakit Jantung Bengkak Yang Mujarab
11 Ciri Ciri Penyakit Jantung Bocor Pada Orang Dewasa dan Balita

SHETPAN PAHANG said...

Wow, you are very good in the social field and your website is interesting and up-to-date
don't forget to visit our website :) :)

Olahraga Yang Baik Untuk Pasien Penderita Jantung
5 Macam Obat Tradisional Jantung Bocor Paling Ampuh
TIPS MENYEMBUHKAN JANTUNG BOCOR PADA ANAK ANAK DAN DEWASA

APAKAH BENAR JANTUNG BOCOR MENYEBABKAN KEMATIAN?
PENYEBAB GEJALA DAN PENGOBATAN JANTUNG BOCOR
Apakah Jantung Bocor Pada Usia Bayi Bisa Sembuh?

walatrazedoril said...

Sharing is not about how big and how valuable things you give, but how sincere and sincere what you want to give.

Obat Impetigo Alami
Obat Biduran Tradisional
Pengobatan Terbaik Bronkitis
Obat Kista Ovarium Tradisional

Abdul Abdul gani said...

Thank you very much for the very good information, I really like it
Buah Yang Di Anjurkan Untuk Penderita Rabun Jauh
Cara Mencegah Penyakit Mata Rabun Jauh ( MIOPI )
Perbedaan Penyakit Rabun Dekat Dan Rabun Jauh
Obat Jantung Koroner Alami Dan Aman

Lutpi Kurniawan said...

The article is good, thanks for sharing information

Obat Sakit Tenggorokan
Obat Kelenjar Getah Bening Di Leher
Cara Cepat Menyembuhkan Patah Tulang
6 Cara Mencegah Dan Mengatasi Pengeroposan Tulang
Cara Mengatasi Nyeri Tulang Dan Sendi Paling Ampuh
Cara Memperbaiki Kondisi Mata Kabur Atau Buram
Cara Mengobati Luka Bernanah Pada Penderita Diabetes
Bahaya Benjolan Di Leher Dan Cara Menghilangkannya
Cara Alami Menghilangkan Rasa Perih Pada Lambung
Manfaat Qnc Jelly Gamat Untuk Kesehatan Tubuh

Green nha said...

Good luck ,, in waiting for other information from your site
send regards for success

cara mengobati bronkitis
komplikasi bronkitis

Green nha said...

Good luck ,, in waiting for other information from your site
send regards for success

cara mengobati bronkitis
komplikasi bronkitis

Walatra Bersih Wanita said...

I really enjoy what you write and I think this is very good. Anyway thanks for the information and healthy greetings from the sweet girl.

Cara Ciplukan Mengobati Hernia
Manfaat Ketumbar Untuk Jantung
Manfaat Dahsyat Ginkgo Biloba
Cara Mengobati Kanker Serviks Dengan Kulit Manggis

Teuboga Ngran said...



Your comment is very unusual and interesting again, thank you, thank you
Khasiat Tanaman Obat Khusus Ginjal Bocor
Pantangan Anda Yang Menderita Ginjal Bengkak
Jus Untuk Penderita Ginjal Bengkak
Ramuan Untuk Penderita Ginjal Bengkak
Cara Mengatasi Batu Ginjal Yang Paling Manjur

Gejala Penyakit Batu Ginjal Dan Pencegahannya
Penyebab Penyakit Batu Ginjal Pada Pria Dan Wanita
Obat Tradisional Untuk Mengobati Stroke Ringan
Gejala Penyakit Stroke Ringan
Bahaya Penyakit Stroke Ringan Pada Remaja Maupun Orang Tua

astri octaviani said...

Thanks for the information. I am enthusiastic about the information you make
Mengenal Penyakit Hepatitis C Lebih Dalam
Cara Mendiagnosis Penyakit Hepatitis A
Penyebab Hepatitis A Yang Sering Anda Abaikan
Apakah Penyakit Hepatitis A Menular?
Cara Penularan Hepatitis B Yang Harus Kamu Ketahui
Penyebab Penyakit Hepatitis B dan Pengobatan Hepatitis B Terampuh
Bahaya Hepatitis B Bagi Ibu Hamil
Ini Faktanya Jika Penderita Hepatitis B Masih Bisa Hidup Normal
Inilah Artinya Jika Hasil HBsAg Positif

Zenal Abidin said...

we thank you for sharing the information that you have presented

Manfaat Kedelai Hitam Untuk Kesehatan Jantung
Cara Menghilangkan Efek Samping Obat TBC
Khasiat Lidah Buaya Untuk Paru-Paru
Cara Ampuh Mengatasi Anus Gatal
Keputihan Pada Wanita Hamil

Andrea Danu said...

wow ... the information that you present is very useful, we are waiting for the latest information

Manfaat Minyak Ikan Untuk Nyeri Sendi
Nama Penyakit Yang Mematikan
Buah Yang Dapat Mengatasi Keputihan

Unknown said...

The latest information we are waiting for lho..semoga what is given can be useful
Terimakash..success always everything.

cara mengatasi radang paru paru

Ciri Ciri Kanker Paru Stadium Awal said...

I certainly really enjoyed my visit earlier this week, I hope this will be a good visit and can provide benefits for you.

Lia Aliana Almi said...

We hope that the information presented is useful for you

Manfaat Seledri Untuk Mengatasi Encok
Cara Mengobati Paru-Paru Mengecil
Obat Gatal Di Bokong Paling Ampuh
Cara Mengatasi Urat Syaraf Kejepit Di Pinggang

Rani Anggraeni said...

Thanks for sharing the most amazing blogs and your website was outstanding. it seems you use fresh content i really like it.
keep updating us!

obat herbal diabetes
cara mengatasi keputihan
cara mengobati bisul
cara menghilangkan bintik putih
cara menghilangkan bekas luka
cara menyembuhkan asam urat

Unknown said...

It's an amazing experience to be able to see quality articles from excellent webs like the ones you make.
Tanaman Obat Penyakit Tiroid

jellygamat murah said...

I can only express a word of thanks. Because with the content on this blog I can add knowledge I, thank has been sharing this information. Do not forget to visit our website to share information and knowledge about health. |
obat anyang anyangan di apotik 100% Ampuh |
Salep Obat Gudik

Ya Rohman said...

Cara Mencegah Demensia Atau Pikun Cara mengatasi Infeksi Saluran Kemih Obat Thalasemia Obat Polip Serviks Cara Mengatasi Mata Berlemak