Originally posted by Erekose
Why keep studying?
Well, for one thing, I appreciate the beauty of chess a lot more than when I was younger. I understand so much more than I used to.
Another reason is that parts of my game seem to go downhill with age. I'm getting lazy analyzing things and seem to have a lot worse tactical blindness than ever. If I didn't learn something new, I wouldn't just be treading water, I'd be slowly sinking.
I read annotated games the way someone else might read a short story or a poem. I read annotated game-based opening books just for the games, even when I have no plan at all to ever play the opening in question.
I epecially love best game collections, because it allows you to get into the mind of the player and get a feel for that person's style and approach to the game. In some cases you also get to see the evolution of their games as they mature.
It's just fun for me, so I have no need for accomplishment or validation from it. I still play to win when I move the pieces, but it's definitely not the defining feature for me, or I would have quit a long time ago!