Why can't I get better? Why do I always lose to_____? What's the secret to improving my rating, endgames, tactical skill, tournament results?
I hear these things a lot here, and some of you know the answer. For those of you who don't, here is a clue: Desire! Look at any world champion from the 1800's to now, the one thing they had in common is an intense, burning desire for chess. Chess was the most fascinating thing on the planet to them, far more than anything else. They organized their lives around it, spent countless hours studying it, and rarely looked upon it as labor. Sometimes in our high tech world, with so much information at our fingertips, it's easy to lose sight of this. It's true a burning passion for chess is not a guarantee you'll make GM or even IM, but you'll never reach your maximum potential without it.