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  1. 04 Mar '08 09:30
    when it comes to chess, how good would you really like to be, i find a grandmaster level to be far too intense and it is often noted that world class grandmasters are often withdrawn, find it hard to socialise and are too wrapped up in the world of chess - of course we cant say this about every grandmaster....

    my point being if we could choose how good we could be, how good would we be.... i once hit 1650 and am kinda happy with that level of playing; i think 2000 above the fun of the game is lost and instensity takes over
  2. 04 Mar '08 09:50
    FM...as usually above FM they become professional chess players...so as an amateur FM is a nice target to reach...because it is achievable
  3. 04 Mar '08 11:44
    If I were to find a djinn in a flask giving me one wish of free choice, I would consider to have a chess skill of the world champ and better over the night. But what would I do with it?

    To be a world champ is a hard labour. I don't think I want that. I would stay in my chess club, enjoying chess as the game I enjoy today. My rating would go up a bit, but to level the other world champs I have to work hard, even if I had the skill for it.

    But this is not realistic, I will never find a djinn of any kind. I have peaked at 1744 at RHP. My next goal is to go there again and exceed it a little. That would be fine by me.
  4. Standard member agentreno
    Addicted
    04 Mar '08 11:46
    I concur - I'm not prepared to put in the amount of effort it takes to become a grandmaster. I'll settle for any FIDE title - hopefully IM.
  5. 04 Mar '08 11:53
    As for RHP, I'll have to get and stay above 1300 first, then I can look ahead. It would mean putting some more thought and time to my moves.. I blunder too often due to moving too quickly now.

    I'm not even thinking about anything outside of RHP yet. Maybe when I get better over time.
  6. 04 Mar '08 12:36
    Right now my goal is to reach USCF expert class (2000-2199). I'm currently 311 points away =)
  7. 04 Mar '08 12:39
    My immediate goal is to be better than zebano.
  8. 04 Mar '08 14:10
    You guys are weird...

    I want to be 10 times the player Fischer was just in my sleep. I want to bring chess to the same level as heavy metal and be the first grand master to show up wasted with groupies and when my hand goes to move E4, the screaming masses put up their lighters and fist pump/headbang in unison.

    After that, I guess I'll just sell out and promote the everyday shampoo/conditioner untill VH1 and the History Channel air my "where are they now" special.


  9. 04 Mar '08 14:32 / 1 edit
    To reach expert at some point in my life...it's not totally out of the question.
    I'm 455 points away...(CFC rating)
  10. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    04 Mar '08 17:31
    Originally posted by KevinMWHM
    You guys are weird...

    I want to be 10 times the player Fischer was just in my sleep. I want to bring chess to the same level as heavy metal and be the first grand master to show up wasted with groupies and when my hand goes to move E4, the screaming masses put up their lighters and fist pump/headbang in unison.

    After that, I guess I'll just sell out ...[text shortened]... o/conditioner untill VH1 and the History Channel air my "where are they now" special.


    so you wanna be mikhail tal?
  11. 04 Mar '08 18:32
    I want to be able to beat Fritz! Then I might stand a chance
  12. 04 Mar '08 22:01
    From my experience, 2200-2300 FIDE seems to be the range where players have most fun. Players who peak at that level have a great undestanding of chess, but the game is no more than a hobby for them. I wouldn't be comfortable at all playing a game of chess if I knew I had to win it in order to pay my bills at the end of the month. For a lot of IM's, that's a very common situation.
  13. 04 Mar '08 22:22
    I've been playing chess on and off since I was young. Up until the age of about 12 I played in lots of tournaments, but for some reason I gave it up. I've started to get back into the game and since I've got a GM in my families past I'd like to attain that level or near it.
    I realise that I'm probably not gonna get there for many years, but that's my ultimate goal, now that I've grown up and come back to chess haha
  14. 04 Mar '08 23:10 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by icantwrite
    I've been playing chess on and off since I was young. Up until the age of about 12 I played in lots of tournaments, but for some reason I gave it up. I've started to get back into the game and since I've got a GM in my families past I'd like to attain that level or near it.
    I realise that I'm probably not gonna get there for many years, but that's my ultimate goal, now that I've grown up and come back to chess haha
    if you are a grown up person, it's very unlikely that you'll become a GM, if you're not talking about 10 years or something. (and even that would be hugely optimistic.)
  15. 04 Mar '08 23:17
    Originally posted by diskamyl
    if you are a grown up person, it's very unlikely that you'll become a GM, if you're not talking about 10 years or something. (and even that would be hugely optimistic.)
    Yep, that's fine by me I used to have a rating of about 1600 when I played a few years back for a few months. I'm 25 now, so as long as I hit GM status by 40 I'll be happy.