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Honeymoon Over

| Thursday 14th December, 2023

The 600 elo chess honeymoon is over. I previously wrote about how I’d stepped to a new level and hadn’t lost a game.

Now I’ve lost games. In fact, having reached https://gamc.uk/stepping-to-a-new-level/the 49.9th percentile, I’m now back somewhere near 48 and perilously close to my rating dropping back under 600.

And you know what? That’s fine. What’s a number anyway?

If I continue playing chess I might waver, I might drop below 600. I will probably go back over again… I still have plenty to learn and definitely have enough brain power to learn it! I have absolutely not hit my peak yet.

If I don’t play, however, I will definitely not improve.

So what do I want to do? Preserve my 600 rating for the sake of my ego, or play, learn, have fun and riskna temporary drop?

I wonder if this is a rehash of exactly what I wrote when I wrote “scared to play“.

I’m really starting to understand my insecurities around perfection, and chess is really helping that!

I do, however, have to visit a concept at least seven times before it actually clicks


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