ChessMood 11 months ago

NEW ARTICLE: A Lifehack to Speed up the Growth in Chess
Hey Champions!

We have this topic in our Blog.


If you have any questions, comments or you just liked it, feel free to share your thoughts here. 


Hunan Rostomyan

Hunan Rostomyan 11 months ago

Great life advice. Thank you for writing this. Inspired
Göran Gudichsen

Göran Gudichsen 11 months ago

It was a good Blog. I believe, as you do, that you must formulate realistic but uncomfortable high goals to be able to reach your potential. The “public” communication of the goals is the commitment to and the handshake with yourself. When I was a working citizen, I always formulated my goals for next year(s) and was not afraid of communicating them broadly, especially to my bosses. Since I am very lazy by nature (I am convinced it is due to my genes) it helped me a lot to put the gun to my head.

I do assume however that the area in which you formulate the goals must have high priority to you. Otherwise, the goals only will be some exercise without any commitment, or the goals will be trivial.

My time perspective, as a senior citizen, is also quite different from the young girls and boys aiming for IM/GM titles. I just love it when young people put up that kind of goals and work for it. I only hope they will get a lot of help to formulate good and the right goals and a lot of help to reach the goals as well. It seems ChessMood is a blessing.

I remember first time I met my golf coach. After a cup of coffee and a chat he told me to meet him at the driving range in 15 minutes. Take the opportunity to warm up, he said. After exactly 15 minutes he showed up. He asked me to hit some balls with a short iron and then some balls with the driver. Well, he said, if you want me as a coach you should throw away all your books about golf. You know too much theory than is good for you. You must also do exactly what I ask you to do on the training. When I came home the same afternoon, I was not too happy. Anyhow I packed my golf books in boxes, I had a lot of them. Put the boxes away, out of my sight. On the driving range and the golf course I did what he told me and expected. At least as much as was within my capacity. Eventually we become good friends and I became a decent single handicapper.

This experience tells me that challenging goals and hard work not always will give you the result you expect. It is important to have the right goals and identify the right activities and the right training. To work fast and wrong is the worst-case scenario. Much better to work slow (but fast is better) and right.

I have taken up chess again after long hibernation. Except from Correspondence Chess at ICCF. I learned more about using the computer than I learnt about chess when I played Correspondence Chess. My current Blitz rating on lichess.org is around 1700.

I have not had the 1 to 1 meeting yet but my goals are clear, within the next three years I will;

·         On a regular basis play Blitz/Bullet above 2200

·         On a regular basis play 20/40 min above 2100

·         Played 10000 (65 games/week) games with at least 8000 games within my opening repertoire (CM’s)

 I am currently working on my activities for year 1. I do hope I can postpone the 1 to 1 meeting to end of December or beginning of January. I would like to think through the activities. I do not mind if the meeting with a GM will mirror my first meeting with my golf coach if the result will be as good.

Hope I have put the gun to my head!


Brave Man

Brave Man 11 months ago

Hello Sir!

Interesting! Sir, I wanted to ask that isn't Gun near head a Fear motivation (which may increase stress) ? I read somewhere that the best way to work is to work not to achieve some goals but to work as a matter of Duty. It said something like 'If we stop working then our body (both physical and mind) will start dying. So we should work not only to achieve some things but work as a matter of duty.' 

Sir, your views of this?