Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for January 22, 2021.
Tonight I attended a reunion with some old friends from my graduating High School Class. So instead of doing my recap of the chess action in Wijk aan Zee, I wanted to spend a moment to reflect on the value of friendships and, since this is a chess musing, the importance of making friends through chess.
Out of all the benefits of playing chess, I think the friendships we form in the chess community are the most powerful! Which makes sense because, at its basic level, chess is about interacting. Every time your opponent plays a move, they are in fact telling you something and when it is your turn, it’s your opportunity to respond. If you play the game like I do, the final move and customary handshake is just the beginning of another opportunity to stay in contact with someone who shares one of the same passions as yourself, a passion for chess.
After spending a couple of decades as a chess professional, my friendships gained through the Royal game are too numerous for Facebook to handle and too advantageous to be assigned a value by chess engines. And I am not an exception but rather the norm. So I finish, with the reminder that, in the end, you won’t be remembered by your rating but rather by your friends. So my advice is to learn to measure your chess career not by the number of opponents you destroyed, but rather the number of friends you gained.
And with that, I bid you adieu. Until tomorrow. But before you go, please remember to hit the subscribe button.
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