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  1. 17 Aug '07 04:07
    Has anyone else lost the passion for chess? I'm just curious to see how other people handled it. I think i'm going to take a break after i finish up my games.
  2. 17 Aug '07 06:28
    yes, from time to time. a break always helps, if the break is not long(less than a couple of monthes)...you will come back stronger with a higher desire for the game
  3. 17 Aug '07 07:02
    Originally posted by giantsfan94707
    Has anyone else lost the passion for chess? I'm just curious to see how other people handled it. I think i'm going to take a break after i finish up my games.
    Your overdoing it...a week or two of total abstinence will be as good as viagra and you'll be back with renewed passion.

    And when you do come back try taking your time with the game, savoring the opening, middle and ending phases. Simply charging in for a quick checkmate often leads to dissatisfaction. Relax a little, unwind and enjoy the moves!
  4. 17 Aug '07 07:21
    I've told chess to go screw itself many times. Taking breaks is a must the game is just sometimes too stressful. I once resigned all the games that were even or I was losing in. Then just started over. Dropping gameloads helps a lot. I go through stages of wanting to play massive games then a stage where I only want to play a few games and study a lot. But since i've gotten to my goal 1800 I have recently stopped studying like I use to. it is just to hard now, but I will get that urge to study once again, just not now.
  5. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    17 Aug '07 08:12
    I had a break of 10 years once.

    "Retired" with a grade of 2170 (my highest ever) and in the 1st year of my return played at 2000. Its been downhill (OTB) ever since and I am now down to 1885 (an improvement of 10 on last year when I was 1875, my lowest grade for 35 years).

    Can I thank RHP for this small reversal and will it continue?
  6. Standard member GalaxyShield
    Mr. Shield
    17 Aug '07 08:53
    Originally posted by Dragon Fire


    Can I thank RHP for this small reversal and will it continue?
    Probably. With my intense dedication to procrastination of reading my chess books, this and playing in club is really all I've been going on since I played. I have studied a little, but I credit a lot of my ability to the experience I've gotten here.

    As to the thread title: I lose passion for it a lot, and that's when I made mistakes. I've dug myself into a pretty deep hole as well, so taking breaks it almost out of the question. But, the turn around was quick, and I'm enjoying the game again.
  7. Standard member Ramned
    The Rams
    17 Aug '07 11:54
    Originally posted by giantsfan94707
    Has anyone else lost the passion for chess? I'm just curious to see how other people handled it. I think i'm going to take a break after i finish up my games.
    Well, having 550 moves in 2 weeks is probably a reason. Maybe you're playing too often
  8. Standard member thesonofsaul
    King of the Ashes
    17 Aug '07 11:57
    All you have to do is look at my profile graph to see how I lost passion for the game. I made many dumb mistakes in almost all of my games and my rating plummeted. I just simply didn't care for a while. But now I'm back in form (I think) and studying more than I ever did. I never officially took a break as I kept making moves, but mentally I was gone, and now I've never felt better.
  9. Standard member chessisvanity
    THE BISHOP GOD
    17 Aug '07 12:12
    Originally posted by giantsfan94707
    Has anyone else lost the passion for chess? I'm just curious to see how other people handled it. I think i'm going to take a break after i finish up my games.
    man if i was 1700 i wouldn't lose any passion for the game.....being 1350 is rough.....
  10. Subscriber Flying Dwarf
    Hunter of Texas Pete
    17 Aug '07 12:29
    Originally posted by chessisvanity
    man if i was 1700 i wouldn't lose any passion for the game.....being 1350 is rough.....
    The only way is up. Hopefully!
  11. 17 Aug '07 12:29
    I played OTB chess for 15-20 hours per week from 98-2002, as well as playing in at least 4 single day and 3 multiple day tournaments every year, and at least 12 club vs. club matches, and I never lost the passion for chess.

    The best moment in chess is when you can see that you have broken your opponent's ego. When I used to play the tourney circuit I gained a reputation for making little kids cry. I don't know what I did, it must have been my overpowering awesomeness.
  12. Standard member chessisvanity
    THE BISHOP GOD
    17 Aug '07 12:33
    lmao......now that is inspiring!
  13. 17 Aug '07 12:40
    Originally posted by chessisvanity
    lmao......now that is inspiring!
    It is a lot harder to lose the passion in OTB chess than in online chess, though. I have noticed that my play drops significantly when I cannot touch the pieces or a clock. And you don't have those psychological factors weighing on the game. You can really throw a player off of his game by busting out 3 or 4 forced moves in a row, but you can't do that online.
  14. Standard member Ramned
    The Rams
    17 Aug '07 13:00
    Originally posted by chessisvanity
    man if i was 1700 i wouldn't lose any passion for the game.....being 1350 is rough.....
    probably because generally higher seasoned cc players don't move as often. I moved almost 300 times this month which is a record, usually i don't break 400 in a full month.
  15. 17 Aug '07 13:35
    Originally posted by Ramned
    probably because generally higher seasoned cc players don't move as often. I moved almost 300 times this month which is a record, usually i don't break 400 in a full month.
    I've moved almost 1000 times this month, and my rating has done nothing but gone up!