Sunday, September 25, 2022 21:08

Good to bad to worse means more chances for Chess Enjoyment!

Apologies for not updating recently… One thing I like in the blogs I read is for them to be regularly updated. But many things going on and not enough time to sit down and type up an entry.

The good stuff:
Much chess played since the Oglesby tournament – I like that my midgame is sharpening up nicely. I still need work on my endgames, though. At least I haven’t blundered my Queen away since then. ;)

Did computer TDing last Saturday, and a seven year old I’ve played before had his second tournament where he went 5-0…. in the elementary section. (Elementary is 5th-6th graders.) Although he has a lot of work ahead of him (a floor TD told me he seriously blundered at least twice and his opponents didn’t pick up on it,) he’s the sort of player that someday I could well say, “You know, I played him back when he was first starting out…” :)

Sunday was LV’s birthday, and a good time was had by all.

Then things started going worse. Without going into excessive detail, it culminated in my straining (and possibly partially tearing a muscle) in my calf last night. So I’ve been off my feet virtually all of today (and tomorrow… then we’ll see.) If that wasn’t enough, a casserole dish I had on the stovetop after pulling out of the oven exploded. Which caused me to jump back… landing squarely on the leg I injured. A bit of cursing later and Mrs. LV and I cleaned up the mess of tempered glass fragments and micro-slivers – causing her to cut her hand on glass fragments in the process.

[ Edit to add: I did, yesterday morning, head over to Prompt Care and had my leg looked at by a Doctor, who advised me to stay off it/off work. Although I come from a long line of stoic Scandinavian farming stock, as a chess player I like to think of myself as smart enough to get medical help when needed. ;) ]

Sigh.

The silver lining in all this: Chess is still there for me, waiting to be enjoyed. And there’s so many areas to go with… playing online, playing computer, analyzing historic games, logging onto online server and observing others. Bad times equal opportunities to get more enjoyment from Chess than in the good times. So, in the next few days I’m going to work on enjoying my Chess. In the meantime I hope you’ve been able to better

Enjoy your Chess!

3 Responses to “Good to bad to worse means more chances for Chess Enjoyment!”

  1. Joe says:

    Awesome Blog – really well written

    Thank you :)

    Jaques

  2. Joe says:

    We love your blog :)

  3. I didn’t get to say Thank You for this yet. But I have now..

    Thanks! :D