I play chess casually, but I don't like playing with "pros" since I dislike rote memorization. It's quite sad that the game has devolved into predefined openings which give either side an advantage. I'd much rather play against a person that hasn't learned any openings as well so we are start off at an even footing in the midgame.
I know how to play it, but not how to play it well. I get steamrolled whenever I play with someone in-person or online. I'll probably never be much better as it since I'm not too interested in getting better, I don't really have the opportunity to play enough to justify the investment.
I have always wanted to learn how to play chess but I have never found the time needed to fully learn the game. How long would you estimate it takes to at least be competitive? I really like games that challenge me and make me think.
I love playing chess! For me, I'm better in person than I am online. I prefer the feel of the pieces, watching my opponent, feeling the stress of the moment that could make or break you. I learnt how to play when I was 11 because all of my friends knew how to and I was sick of being left out. The best way to learn, like anything else, is putting in the hours, it just happens to be that these hours were fun and not boring or labor intensive!
I'm like Macho; I'm much better in person than online. I like the feel of the pieces, how the opponent reacts or the look in his eye as your scanning the board. It's just about as indepth as reading your opponent can get; and still paying ample attention to the board. Also, don't try to take out any serious chess players with any 5-or-under movesets, as that commonly traps people in a game they can't win from wasted moves. If you can tell your opponent is of quality, don't question him and just treat him fairly.
I also can play online but I'm not as into it, or nearly as good.
I have to admit to something: I actually came here to find out who DOESN'T know how to play chess & what in the world is wrong with them??? How do you get anywhere in life without knowing how to out think your opponents next move. I reference chess at work more than I do when I'm PLAYING chess.
Are there really people that don't know how to play chess? Personally, I love playing, even though I rarely get the opportunity to do so, since my friends are not interested in playing board games and I hate playing online. The only exception to this would probably be the chess even in World of Warcraft, but I highly doubt that this counts as playing online chess. For some reason I also enjoy watching professionals play chess, even though it always takes them ages to play a single match.
I use to be on the chess team in high school. I was just because some of my friends had asked me to because I had always played casually. Honestly, I am not the best at strategy or thinking a few steps ahead. I never did to well against anyone else but it was a great game to make me think.
Doesn't matter if you're the best; Chess teaches you how to out think people. It's a game of reading into things, not a thousand steps down the line or anything, but the way they look, their breathing as they choose their piece, the amount of conviction they put in. It all just keeps you coming back for more. That and the fact we all like to win and nobody truly likes to lose. And games are a good way to remain social.