Many years, Tactics, Endgames, Master games, Tournaments, Club play, Thousands of dollars spent on hundreds of chess books, Books read but not understood, Books read and understood but it never showed in games, started late at 26 years old, Have lost to people who don't study the game, Can solve tactics problems but fail to produce them on the chess board, I almost got a draw against a GM in a simul and the next day I lost to an 8 year old who was 1200...while he slurps his soda and picks his nose, Been ahead in material against stronger opponents and still lose every time, Can't seem to get past 1600, I honor the Chess GODS, yet I get no help...
The "Retreating, re-grouping and cowardice nature" of the Chess pieces is driving me to be a Checkers player. (My attempt at blasphemy to anger the GODS)
...No lightning strike.
Ya, you say "Checkers was solved"...Sure it was...If you have the brain power to analyze all the moves, which come to, 10 to the power of 20 then yes every game is a draw. So is Chess, with perfect play it is a draw, I think the numbers are 10 to the power of 47 for chess, or higher. I heard once there are more atoms in the universe, so give Checkers and Chess a break.
With perfect play, all mind games are a draw. If they weren't, why would we play?
Please ignore me. I am just upset that I cannot get better at Chess.
Why did I mention Checkers? I saw a Checkers position today that was a forced win that I solved in my head that was way deeper than any chess position I have solved. And it wasn't forced, most Checkers positions have plenty of "waiting" moves just like Chess.
(Essentially it was forced, but you had to find a few waiting moves)
How did I see a Checkers position? I was at the Library looking at the Chess books they had and there was a Checkers book. So I read the introduction and flipped through it, most of the tactical solutions are tough, the average being 15 moves deep, wtf? This is Checkers right? So I tried one and I got it. Maybe I got it due to a study of Pawn play? Or just being able to analyze possible variations. I DON'T KNOW. Then I solved the next one, and the next. You can't say it was due to the lack of mobility of the pieces because Checkers positions are tough as nails. Not being able to retreat and re-group your pieces has to make you tremble at the Checkers board. I know I have made attacks in Chess that didn't work and I re-grouped my pieces and tried a different route, not so in Checkers.
Why am I defending Checkers and why can I solve those positions better than Chess positions? I DON'T KNOW.
So I look into some Checkers tournaments and...
The Chess tournaments I go to have about 300 people. I looked up some Checkers tournaments and they average 30 for small tournaments and almost 100 for the American Nationals. (Standard 8x8 Checkers)
I refuse to quit Chess and become a Poker player, which many have done. Why do they put the Poker books right next to the Chess books at bookstores?
I have some money to give, maybe I should try to spark some interest in Checkers tournaments
I'm not new to internet Chess but I am new to this website and I am sorry for me crying.
Tired and frustrated at Chess.