Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A shift in focus

For the past few years, I have been playing and studying chess everyday. Lately, this has slowed down as I am becoming more interested in learning about gardening, environment, global warming, alternative energy. Chess is seeming very trivial to me now given all we need to pay attention to.

Some sites I am finding interesting




Books I recently read and recommend




Alot of smart people are working on various solutions.

I'll be interested to see what technology will rise to the top. It is clear that change is needed.


  • At 10:46 AM, Blogger chess addict said…

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  • At 5:13 PM, Anonymous the chess player said…

    I hope this doesn't mean you'll give chess up entirely...

  • At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i never played chess to change the world and there always are deep crises. A lot of people die each day because they got no water. There's wars, aids and scientology as well.

  • At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Chess teaching said…

    There is more in life than chess, but it is still nice to play chess

  • At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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  • At 11:50 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    I am not giving up chess entirely. I still plan on playing chess in my club on Friday night. My daily study and daily play on the internet has stopped however.

  • At 12:07 PM, Blogger Blue Devil Knight said…

    Glad you found something you enjoy, and good for the environment!

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