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    CC International Master Carl Gorka's Avatar
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    Returning to Chess

    I reckon there may be a few people who have not played serious competitive chess for a while and returning to the game can be daunting. I had a year off and I've written about my return:

    http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2014...off-chess.html

    Some issues that might affect ones level of play on a return to chess:

    - age
    - length of break
    - expectations
    - degree of seriousness of the return

    I'm in my late 40's, struggling to calculate like I once did, but am giving myself 3 months to try to find form.

    Can others suggest ways to help players to return to competitive chess after a lay off?
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    Hi Carl. My advise is to enjoy your chess and not take anything too seriously. You are probably going to have a few cases of brain fade and the like before you get back to match fitness. So don't beat yourself up about them too much. Just try to enjoy the good games and have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Gorka View Post
    I reckon there may be a few people who have not played serious competitive chess for a while and returning to the game can be daunting. I had a year off and I've written about my return:

    http://gorkachc.blogspot.com.au/2014...off-chess.html

    Some issues that might affect ones level of play on a return to chess:

    - age
    - length of break
    - expectations
    - degree of seriousness of the return

    I'm in my late 40's, struggling to calculate like I once did, but am giving myself 3 months to try to find form.

    Can others suggest ways to help players to return to competitive chess after a lay off?
    I am one of those players who has just comeback - I've had almost 10 years away and I have just turned 40. Trying to balance work and family along with chess means I have limited study time.

    I am currently playing in a 9 round weekly tournament (90mins + 30sec). In the first two rounds I have been extremely rusty with two draws (which I should have lost) and then managed to play a nice win in third round.

    I don't have any secret method for you but I feel there is no other way than to just dive in and play & analyse your games as much as your time allows for.

    I feel that I have improved each week over the last month of returning to play mainly due to:

    1. Sticking to the systems I want to play for the foreseeable future - not chopping and changing; and
    2. Analysing each game in detail writing out my honest thinking process during the game including what I saw, what I missed, what Fritz saw lol etc...

    It sounds like a sobering process but if you stay positive it can make you feel like your "chess armour" has become that little bit stronger with each game.

    Its a slow process but I am a part timer these days who isn't expecting huge results. Taking the pressure off yourself and not trying to hit the heights of "yester-year" also helps.

    Anyway enjoy your game and I hope this helps you in some way...
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    Good advice above. I would add read, with a chess set, How to Reassess Your Chess by Jeremy Silman. Ot will hekp bribg past knowledge back to the forefront of a returning player's mind.
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