You wouldn’t believe how many chess games I’ve begun but not played to completion. Part of the problem stems from the fact that I only play (or rather, start playing) human-versus-computer games. Humans playing chess (not world champions, of course) add some kind of ‘flavor’ or personality to their game, and not all moves are completely logical. Computer chess players, on the other hand, tend to…win, with cold precision. Now I could tweak the difficulty level of the game, effectively asking the computer to make occasional mistakes, but how could someone play an honorable game, knowing that the opponent was not giving a hundred percent?
Now that my 25th-week resolution is to play chess more seriously, I guess I should hunt for humans to joust with me. Any takers?