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bigh 26 ( +1 | -1 )
joining chess clubs i started playing chess a little late(in my 30's).i want to improve.i heard chess clubs are a good place to start if you don't want to read a lot of books on the subject.has anyone joined la club late in life?what has been your experience?
triangulator 37 ( +1 | -1 )
no it is a good idea but you should study if you want to get good and I know some people who started off late- and they arent all there in chess-there like only 1000 and dont know anything- but I also think there have been a couple of gms that started off late. It is mostly the people who start off earliy who are the good pros
tulkos 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Humph. Thats not encouraging, Triangulator! Besides, neither you nor I can answer his question, not being old enough. 8-)
-young guy
caldazar 76 ( +1 | -1 )
On chess clubs It depends on the chess club. Some chess clubs (mostly larger ones) have the resources you're looking for; places where people can go to play a game, study together, socialize and whatnot. Other clubs are of the variety where you show up on a regular basis to play a game, and then just go home. Some clubs are friendlier and have players that would be happy to help you improve your game; others exist solely as a resource to help you find a game to play.

Shop around in your area for the chess club that fits your needs. In general, larger clubs will have the resources you're looking for and opportunities to sit down with you to improve your play.
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calmrolfe 100 ( +1 | -1 )
Go ahead and join !! Internet Chess is great but it lacks one important element, there is no social side to the game.

Playing at a Chess Club is great, there will be players of varying standards for you to play against and you will soon find your level within the Club.

If you get to play matches it can be even more fun, we used to travel to away matches with the entire team crammed into one car !!, drank copiously at the end of the match, celebrating our wins or drowning our sorrows !! You got a real sense of team spirit and also support from your friends when you needed it.

One of my best memories was when I played against North Wales at Rhyl and somehow contrived to beat the Welsh Champion on No1 Board. All my team mates plied me with so many congratulatory drinks that I don't even remember the journey home !!! Happy days !!

So go right ahead and join your local Club, I am sure you will not regret it.

Kind regards...and good luck !

Cal
tulkos 13 ( +1 | -1 )
no social side? I disagree. What are we doing if not socializing? answering questions, asking questions, cracking jokes, and whatnot---- what is this if not social?
adrianallen 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Down the pub The chess club i have just joined is in a pub, so we play over a few beers :)

Im 29 and I guess it is the first chess club Ive joined. With practice anyone can get good whatever the age, but if you want to be an expert or master, then you have to play and study hard whatever your age.
honololou 4 ( +1 | -1 )
if more chess clubs were in pubs… the game would be more popular.
kahju 58 ( +1 | -1 )
go atta playing evening and find out, u dont have to join the club during first try. I have recommended joining a club to 2 friends of mine in their early thirties and about 1200 level, atleast both do still play and visit their respective clubs after some months, no negative feedback gotten.

Also to see one particular charachter, 50+ who started to play with his kiddos couple years ago, play in tournaments, discuss moves with enthusiasm, to lead a club and to have gotten a decent B level player brings in a smile for sure.
triangulator 45 ( +1 | -1 )
aaron, oklahoma has 4 good chess players/kids-me john,rayus,rachael all be class players. everyone else I hang out with is these 40-90 year-old men that have either been playing for a long time and are really good, or the are relativly new (5-10 years) and cant touch this little 1100 10 year old I know, I see thee people every week and on many weekends- we have talked about this subject