Updated: Oct 7
I ran across this quote recently, and it really spoke to me:
As one of the world's foremost patzers, I suspect if there was a title "World Champion of Chess Errors," I would have likely earned this title in my teens and successfully defended it each subsequent year into the present day.
Johannes Hermann Zukertort was a European chess master during the 19th century. His primary occupation was that of a physician and he served with distinction in the medical corps of the German army during the Franco-Prussian war.
He started playing chess around the age of 19, which is much older than most of today's chess prodigies start learning the game. Zukertort's great chess achievement was winning The London Chess Tournament of 1883.
Unfortunately, he was destined to become rather ill and suffered from rheumatism, coronary artery disease, and kidney disease. He would die at the young age of 45 from a stroke; while playing chess, no less.
One of the many reasons that chess fascinates me is that the best move is always in front of you. Generally speaking, guys like me can't see them.
Yet... I watched a 60-minutes interview with Magnus Carlsen recently and he was asked how he knows what the right move is. His answer? "I just know." Incredible.
So how do I plan to address my error tendency? Well, for years I've been thinking on and off about trying a chess coach. I've never done this. And since we are in the middle of a pandemic and I'm working from home, what a great time to give this a try.
And now I'm going to do it!
So tomorrow I meet with my coach virtually. I am very much looking forward to this and don't really know what to expect. But my hope is that he can better assist me in getting my learning on the right track.
I look forward to sharing what I study and discover on this eternal struggle against the error.