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  1. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    22 Apr '09 00:43 / 2 edits
    Success at Correspondence Chess on RHP, ICCF, or any other organization takes depends on many things we may not have considered, for example:

    1. Finding a game load that is enough to challange us, but is not overwelming, or too much for our lifestyle.

    2. Finding an effective study program that gives us the necessary tools to become stronger

    3. Developing an efficent system to record our moves and finished games without wasting time.

    4. Finding someone who will anaylize our finished games, and advise us on stronger alternative moves.

    5. Develop and openings system that will be effective in compitition as well as one we feel comfortable with.

    6. Arrange a playing and/or study area that is both free of distrations, and where we have everything we need close by

    7. Find a schedule that will allow us to balance our study and playing time, because both are necessary if we wish to become stronger players.

    8. Set worthy goals to pursue ie: a rating, a tournament win, a victory over a stronger player etc. Because without worthy goals, we will never reach our true potential as players.

    9. Finding compitition with time controls that keeps us playing and studying on a consistent basis, while allowing enough flexibility to account for illness, long work hours, family emergencies, computer availability etc.


    It's imporntant to realize that success in Correspondence Chess depends just as much on the items listed above, as it can on our natural playing gifts. It will require time and effort to develop these items to our benefit... Fortune favors the persistent!
  2. Standard member menace71
    Can't win a game of
    22 Apr '09 05:23
    Hello There Bill718 I noticed your from Seattle area also. Have you ever been to Cross Roads Mall in Bellevue? There is an 8' x 8' Board there. I've watched a few games there but never had the nerve to play one. Seems to be a good bunch of people always playing there.



    Manny
  3. 22 Apr '09 09:38
    Hi Menace.

    Pluck up the courage and have a go.

    Turn up with your arm in a sling and get your opponent to move
    your pieces for you. He will soon get fed up with this, try something
    silly to finish the game quickly and you will nobble him.

    Good Luck
  4. Standard member Diet Coke
    Forum Vampire
    22 Apr '09 11:06
    This is why I suck at correspondance chess.
  5. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    22 Apr '09 16:32
    Originally posted by menace71
    Hello There Bill718 I noticed your from Seattle area also. Have you ever been to Cross Roads Mall in Bellevue? There is an 8' x 8' Board there. I've watched a few games there but never had the nerve to play one. Seems to be a good bunch of people always playing there.



    Manny
    I've been to the Crossroads Mall and seen that set a few times. Must have been the wrong time however, too many little kids running around, knocking the pieces over and making a mess, that was a few years ago however, things may have changed of late.
  6. Standard member menace71
    Can't win a game of
    25 Apr '09 03:14
    Yeah I've seen it be very busy there but no kids knocking the pieces




    Manny
  7. Standard member menace71
    Can't win a game of
    25 Apr '09 03:15
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Hi Menace.

    Pluck up the courage and have a go.

    Turn up with your arm in a sling and get your opponent to move
    your pieces for you. He will soon get fed up with this, try something
    silly to finish the game quickly and you will nobble him.

    Good Luck
    Nice idea


    Manny