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  1. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    05 May '09 23:51
    How many talented people have vanished from the chess scene because of an over emotional reaction to a bad game, bad tournament, or unexpected loss to a player of a lower rating? I'd wager it's many. These people tend to forget that chess is easy to play, but very difficult to play well. Those who become strong players tend to keep trying in spite of costly errors, disappointments, and setbacks. This is something I have to remind myself of from time to time. Be paitent with yourself. High quality chess takes study, time and concentration. High quality chess is not easy!
  2. Standard member wargamer66
    Steve B.
    06 May '09 00:12
    I've seen guys leave chess because they got beaten by a woman/girl in OTB play.

    I've handled the pressure of chess by accepting the fact that I will always be mediocre due to lack of study, and that is okay
  3. 06 May '09 01:35 / 2 edits
    heh, low rated only? I've got a game against a 1900 on another site where they are so convinced that they had a superior opening that they are cussing in chat now. I admit that my choice of lines probably isn't ideal, but it gives me active play, and my opponent didn't bother to castle/safeguard his king.


    game is in progress so I removed it.
  4. Standard member Eric LeFavour
    The guy
    06 May '09 11:50
    Sportsmanship is the same no matter what the competition. If you cannot lose, you had better not play. How conceded would a person have to be to quit just because they had lost. Furthermore, I believe the best players would look at something like that and use it as a tool to discover weaknesses in their own game. I'm not great by any means, but I have some friends who are much worse than I am. I have to admit there are times that their lack of ability is almost an advantage. Their movements can be so erratic. They can stumble into situations that can get one out of sorts a bit. I believe there are times that an individual can be defending something that the opponent doesn't even know they have done. The better player is going to win 99/100 times. No person is perfect and to expect to be is insane. I'm not saying don't try to be. Just the thought that if you are not, you are a failure is ludicrous. Even Larry Bird missed a few free throws and there was no one between him and the hoop! What if he would have quit. No "Hall of Fame" for sure. To those who quit the game because the lost. All I have to say is.......SISSY!
  5. Standard member MCA
    TokerSmurf
    06 May '09 12:21
    Originally posted by wargamer66
    . . . I will always be mediocre due to lack of study . . .
    damn if you are mediocre then i (rated 300 points less than you) just plain suck :'(
  6. 06 May '09 12:29
    Originally posted by MCA
    damn if you are mediocre then i (rated 300 points less than you) just plain suck :'(
    One mans mediocre is another mans greatness.

    Just think of yourself as great
  7. Standard member Eric LeFavour
    The guy
    06 May '09 12:53
    Originally posted by wargamer66
    I've seen guys leave chess because they got beaten by a woman/girl in OTB play.

    I've handled the pressure of chess by accepting the fact that I will always be mediocre due to lack of study, and that is okay
    I can't wait until I am mediocre.
  8. 06 May '09 15:27
    You are all good chess players, you just have the wrong attitude.

    One of the following statements is a lie. A or B?

    A: Grades mean nothing over the board. Nothing.

    B: Players over 2000 recevie an extra chess piece and if they are
    playing someone lower graded than them they can put that piece
    anywhere they want on the board at anytime.

    If you think A is a lie:
    The leave chess, become a mathematician and worship the numbers.

    If you think B is a lie: You are a chess player.

    The simple thing to remember is that every player. Yes even GM's,
    have a hole up their ar*e like everyone else.

    You are better than no one and no one is better than you.

    So stop sitting there feeling sorry for yourself and get out there
    and post me a bloody brilliancy.

    (greenpawn pep talk. March 2009)
  9. Standard member Eric LeFavour
    The guy
    06 May '09 16:22
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    You are all good chess players, you just have the wrong attitude.

    One of the following statements is a lie. A or B?

    A: Grades mean nothing over the board. Nothing.

    B: Players over 2000 recevie an extra chess piece and if they are
    playing someone lower graded than them they can put that piece
    anywhere they want on the board at anytime.

    If ...[text shortened]... ourself and get out there
    and post me a bloody brilliancy.

    (greenpawn pep talk. March 2009)
    Greenpawn, you kill me. I love reading your posts. Thanks for telling me I am a good chess player. I love to play, have a lot to learn, but love to play!
  10. 06 May '09 18:19
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    You are all good chess players, you just have the wrong attitude.

    One of the following statements is a lie. A or B?

    A: Grades mean nothing over the board. Nothing.

    B: Players over 2000 recevie an extra chess piece and if they are
    playing someone lower graded than them they can put that piece
    anywhere they want on the board at anytime.

    If ...[text shortened]... ourself and get out there
    and post me a bloody brilliancy.

    (greenpawn pep talk. March 2009)
    Darn. I guessed wrong. I was looking forward to that extra piece. I was getting so close. I guess now that I know that I won't be getting an extra there is no reason to keep playing. Oh well.
  11. Standard member Traveling Again
    I'm 1/4 Ninja
    06 May '09 18:49
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    You are all good chess players, you just have the wrong attitude.

    One of the following statements is a lie. A or B?

    A: Grades mean nothing over the board. Nothing.

    B: Players over 2000 recevie an extra chess piece and if they are
    playing someone lower graded than them they can put that piece
    anywhere they want on the board at anytime.

    If ...[text shortened]... ourself and get out there
    and post me a bloody brilliancy.

    (greenpawn pep talk. March 2009)
    I'm pepped. Thanks.