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  1. 13 Dec '07 09:23
    Kinda went through a purple patch where things went very well, and my ranking went up quite quickly. I was enjoying playing and coming up with solutions etc... then suddenly every game I took on started to become an endurance test. How do you play consistently and enjoy the experience?
  2. Standard member Kepler
    Demon Duck
    13 Dec '07 09:38
    Originally posted by 29inchlegs
    Kinda went through a purple patch where things went very well, and my ranking went up quite quickly. I was enjoying playing and coming up with solutions etc... then suddenly every game I took on started to become an endurance test. How do you play consistently and enjoy the experience?
    You don't. Like everything else in life you will have patches where everything is good and exciting but also patches where it is a chore and less fun than sandpapering your eyeballs.
  3. 13 Dec '07 09:40
    I dont actually mind sandpapering my eyeballs. But thanks for the encouragement.
  4. 13 Dec '07 15:57
    Originally posted by 29inchlegs
    Kinda went through a purple patch where things went very well, and my ranking went up quite quickly. I was enjoying playing and coming up with solutions etc... then suddenly every game I took on started to become an endurance test. How do you play consistently and enjoy the experience?
    You need to have a second hobby and concentrate on it for awhile. In my younger days, whenever I "hit the wall" in chess, I could happily spend more time on soccer. Then, when I got bored with that, I'd always return to chess. I found the two were very complimentary. Now, since I've hung up my cleats, whenever I get bored with chess, I spend more time cooking or with my two dogs.
  5. 13 Dec '07 16:12
    try Go. It is nice...and it is nice to be a very beginner and to improve so fast. Aftter 2 monthes of Go I have returned to chess with better will and strength.
  6. 13 Dec '07 16:17
    I have the same problem. Any other hobby will do. During the summer I play tennis, during the winter I fire up a video game and try not to get timed out.
  7. 13 Dec '07 16:26
    I'm in the middle of a "sandpaper" phase right now. I suggest a couple of weeks off and a good book.
  8. 14 Dec '07 14:48
    Thanks for that. Unfortunately Ive too many hobbies, one of which is drinking wine. There seems to be a direct corelation between my dramatic dips in form and my consumption of the bad stuff. Ill have to get myself a dog so.
  9. 14 Dec '07 15:11
    Originally posted by 29inchlegs
    Thanks for that. Unfortunately Ive too many hobbies, one of which is drinking wine. There seems to be a direct corelation between my dramatic dips in form and my consumption of the bad stuff. Ill have to get myself a dog so.
    Start buying the good stuff then =)
  10. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Gonzalo de Córdoba
    14 Dec '07 15:19
    Originally posted by 29inchlegs
    Kinda went through a purple patch where things went very well, and my ranking went up quite quickly. I was enjoying playing and coming up with solutions etc... then suddenly every game I took on started to become an endurance test. How do you play consistently and enjoy the experience?
    I don't. I stopped trying so hard.
  11. 14 Dec '07 15:31
    Yea the emergence of discount super store like Lidl and Aldi has contributed greatly to the lowering of my standards in that department