• Connect four or chess?

    5 answers · 1 week ago
  • I want to become a chess grandmaster, but my parents do not support me?

    Best answer: How close are you to GM? If it's your goal, you can certainly put in a big effort for it, but you'll need to be truly dedicating 40+ hours a week on it. Some can get it naturally because of how gifted they are, but those of us who are just above average have more work to do. I'm 24, recently picked up... show more
    Best answer: How close are you to GM? If it's your goal, you can certainly put in a big effort for it, but you'll need to be truly dedicating 40+ hours a week on it. Some can get it naturally because of how gifted they are, but those of us who are just above average have more work to do.

    I'm 24, recently picked up chess again and aiming to hit 2000, a verry reasonable goal for my 1700 rating (1500 2 months ago) and I'm putting in good effort (~10-15 hours/wk) on studying endgames, tactics, and my main openings. I estimate I can hit 2000 within 2 years time, maybe less. If you're already over 2200, a push to hit 2500+ is reasonable, but realize that my 300 point hopeful gain over 2 years is a tenth of the work you must do for your 300 point gain.

    The pattern recognition from studying tactics becomes less and less useful for those above 2000. Endgame confidence plays the largest role to help identify which positions can be turned into wins/draws while making plans as the midgame is beginning to transition into the endgame. Memorizing opening novelties also plays a large role. All the 200 lines of theory you may have put into the line may be deemed useless if you're not as up-to-date on the line as your 2200 opponent that watched a super-GM's recent novelty on move 22 which proves troublesome for Black and refutes the line you've prepared.

    I mean, you could always try more offbeat lines that take memorization and preparation out of the equation, but you're seceding a stronger position for your opponent to find, and that's not the way to reach GM.
    5 answers · 1 week ago
  • How much should I charge for chess lessons?

    Is $15 an hour excessive? I played in tournaments and have an official FIDE rating of 1841.
    Is $15 an hour excessive? I played in tournaments and have an official FIDE rating of 1841.
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Why is chess complicated?

    Best answer: There are more possibilities in the game of chess than there are electrons in the known universe. Fact. It's this mind-boggling depth which gives the game its fascinating complexity.
    Best answer: There are more possibilities in the game of chess than there are electrons in the known universe. Fact. It's this mind-boggling depth which gives the game its fascinating complexity.
    8 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Anyone here know where you can get a Ouija board?

    Best answer: ANY sheet of paper or cardboard can become an Ouija board, as long as you have the letters in the right places.

    Just smear on some goat's blood in the shape of an upside-down pentagram, and you'll soon be talking to Baphomet.
    Best answer: ANY sheet of paper or cardboard can become an Ouija board, as long as you have the letters in the right places.

    Just smear on some goat's blood in the shape of an upside-down pentagram, and you'll soon be talking to Baphomet.
    8 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Are you a risk taker? What is the biggest risk that you've taken?

    Best answer: Answering this question
    Best answer: Answering this question
    8 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Poll: do you own a landline, cell phone or both?

    Best answer: Cell
    Best answer: Cell
    37 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Experienced Chess Players: How to hold back in a game?

    Best answer: 3 ways to play with a handicap without "holding back": 1. time handicap- set up your chess clock so that you have to play your moves much faster than they have to play theirs. 2. material handicap- take a piece off your side at the start of the game. still win? take a rook off at the start of the game.... show more
    Best answer: 3 ways to play with a handicap without "holding back":
    1. time handicap- set up your chess clock so that you have to play your moves much faster than they have to play theirs.
    2. material handicap- take a piece off your side at the start of the game. still win? take a rook off at the start of the game. still win? take 2 pieces off. etc. you can also do this as you are playing, when you start to go up material, take your own pieces off the board so the game stays competitive.
    3. information handicap- this is my favorite to use against someone who is learning how to play and really truly wants to get better. simply explain the rational behind each of your moves to your opponent as you are playing. don't tell them what to play, they still have to figure out how to stop you on their own, just tell them why you are playing what you are playing. it helps them learn how to think and plan several moves in advance because you describe your own plans several moves in advance, and it keeps you from winning with the sort of cheap surprise stuff that won't work on better players anyway. and it helps you to sharpen your game- no wasted moves, no gut feelings, you have to have an explanation for everything you do.

    how to deal with losing gracefully: lose more often. chess has ratings so you can play against people of your own skill level. if you are playing people your own skill level you will lose about half the time and you will get used to it.
    4 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Playing chess on the net?

    Best answer: it's a fun way to practice and play. ultimately though it not as exhilarating as playing well in real life.
    Best answer: it's a fun way to practice and play. ultimately though it not as exhilarating as playing well in real life.
    5 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • What's a funny board/card game I can play with my family?

    Best answer: My in-laws really enjoy playing Clue. A fun game my husband and I just bought was "What Do You Meme." It is hilarious!! A few of the cards are inappropriate and use some pretty fowl language so we would NEVER play it with his parents, but if your family is more relaxed about that kind of stuff, it... show more
    Best answer: My in-laws really enjoy playing Clue. A fun game my husband and I just bought was "What Do You Meme." It is hilarious!! A few of the cards are inappropriate and use some pretty fowl language so we would NEVER play it with his parents, but if your family is more relaxed about that kind of stuff, it would be a great game! We played it with friends and laughed for hours.
    5 answers · 1 month ago
  • Fun new family board game for all ages?

    Best answer: It's a card game, but we always found UNO to be fun and easy for young children to understand too.
    Best answer: It's a card game, but we always found UNO to be fun and easy for young children to understand too.
    4 answers · 1 month ago
  • Do Ouija Boards work?

    8 answers · 1 month ago
  • How do you like dealing with sore loser?

    Best answer: Not play with them again.
    Best answer: Not play with them again.
    4 answers · 1 month ago
  • Why is go “tougher” than chess and Shogi if go players make less money?

    Top chess player salary - around $2 million Top Shogi player - over $1 million from tournament winnings alone Top go player - $700,000 If go is such a harder game than why does it pay less?
    Top chess player salary - around $2 million Top Shogi player - over $1 million from tournament winnings alone Top go player - $700,000 If go is such a harder game than why does it pay less?
    4 answers · 1 month ago