The last week of August was a hectic one for anybody on the east coast. Here in the New York metro area, we spent the past few days preparing for the arrival of hurricane Irene. After purchasing food, batteries, and quick-drying cement to patch a crack in our foundation, the only thing left to do was wait.
As we sat watching the news last night, we were told the storm would hit hardest overnight into the late morning hours on Sunday. But, what can you do on a lazy Sunday, especially if the power goes out?
Play chess of course! The great thing about chess is that no electricity is required. Only two people are needed. And you can even play in low light situations since no reading is involved. Playing friends and family is the only game in town for those in Manhattan as even the storied Marshall Chess club cancelled its events this weekend.
For me personally, it was a chance to get back to things on my chess “to do” list that I haven’t gotten around to lately. Fortunately, we haven’t lost power, so I decided it was time to do some research to create some new posts on our blog.
Another task was to sit down with chess book and board, roll up my sleeves, and review more of the endgame material in Dvoretsky’s endgame manual. As anybody who has read this blog before knows, I’ve been studying this book for quite some time now. I know my situation isn’t typical, but as I close in on the third anniversary of my purchase, I think it’s time to buckle down and finish it already!
My experience in the world of sports and competition has taught me that I may not be the most graceful athlete or master of chess technique, but I am one of the most tenacious competitors. For that reason, I won’t give up on Dvoretsky’s book and I will always give my best effort whenever and wherever I compete. The results speak for themselves, I can honestly say that even though I’m not in my 20’s anymore, I see improvements in my abilities on many fronts – from basketball to skiing to chess.
So hang in there, weather the storm, and go out there and keep competing!
That’s what life is all about.