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Officially Average

| Wednesday 20th December, 2023

I’ve done it!

With a little winning streak of three games in a row, I just hit the 50.1% percentile in rapid chess at

I am officially average, and I am the 12,564,810th best player in the world!

I’m really glad my nephew suggested having a game of chess last Christmas. And I’m glad I engaged with it, rather than playing a quick game and forgetting all about it.

I always thought I wasn’t clever—or maybe dedicated—enough to play chess. Turns out that was not true.

I’m genuinely surprised by how many life lessons come out of chess, too, and how day-to-day problems can be seen through a new lens when you regularly exercise your strategising skills.

Officially average! Hell, yeah!


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