For those who play chess and consider themselves rather worthy of being called’good’ - or for those who just like to play - I have a question.
I am of the school where my father taught me how to play when I was 5 or 6… and he woudl never let me win. He used to say 'You’ll beat me when you beat me". So that went on for some time and I eventually beat him.
Our games - strategic as they were - were generally not fast paced. And when I sit down to a game, I like to concentrate, really think about each move.
The other day when I played a gentleman at the local chess dive, he insisted on being timed. I HATE THAT!!! But as I was the only one sitting not in a game, he came over and we played. I have only seen this guy in the place maybe once or twice. He aways get’s the same drink, and is usually in and out in about half and hour. For those who play with me, they know I like to not be quick and just sit back relax and play. Yes I tend to win more than I lose, but hey I play alot.
I lost to this guy. Rather he willed me to lose. I hate timing moves, and he loves it. Does that mean I am any less a chess player than he? He’s not rated, but his MO seems to be bringing those trusty clocks with him, and intimidating players by his speed. So this morning I had the rare chance to prove my point - even if in my own mind - I insisted on not being time, and he said it was his day off from work so he consented. I won. He got pissed and immediately took out his timers and wanted to play again. Me, and the 33 year old kid I am, said “no, I am late for a meeting.” Wherein I simply went for a long drive and pondered why I didn’t stay and play him on his time…
So for those who play a fair bit of chess, is there any clout in what I say. Are people who like to take it slow and easy simply fooling themselves when it comes to competitive chess? Am I not as good as I think I am because I have a hard time with timed matches? Is it personal preference influenced by habit of association? Whadaya think?