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Scott McCloud's "My Obsession With Chess"

Just thought a few of you might like to read My Obsession With Chess by Scott McCloud.

I personally never got into chess to that extent. Apart from playing games with friends and my dad occasionally when growing up I only really got a little past knowing the rules and some basic tactics. In fact for a while I lost any interest in chess at all, but I always felt like chess was something that I should be good at. So after starting to play a few games with my friend Ian again, I decided that it was time to start learning chess properly.

Rather than reading books and studying I figured the best way to learn was to actually play games. The trouble being that spending an hour or two on a chess game seemed like quite a luxury. So instead I decided to combine chess my main obsession - programming. Hence Chrss was born.

Now two years later I've played (and finished) over 200 games - nearly one a week. Whilst I'm definitely not the best player I feel that I've definitely improved a lot. The correspondence-style of play also works really nicely for me, as I can fit in several games of chess around everything else.

I look forward to continuing to play many more games of chess in the coming years.

updated: Aug. 20, 2009, 9:43 a.m.

spequlatius: Aug. 21, 2009, 12:56 p.m.

I also started to play chess again on your side and I really enjoy this; despite the fact, that it is not really helping at my working hours. Have the impression, that you really have improved!

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