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I don't know why, tonight I want to share with you some of my thoughts
I love to listen podcast, more I like to listen music, I think. I don't remember when I start listen podcast, I think about mid/end 2000s (or in the earliest of 2000s when I buy a little MP3 player, I don't know)
I don't want to do a list of podcasts I listen, because it is not the real topic here, and it is mostly podcasts in French, so...
Since I don't take too much commute with the pandemic, I have a lot of podcasts in late (354 episodes to listen for the moment).
I have to do some cleaning (remove podcasts I don't want to listen any more, remove old episodes to have a fresh start) and maybe, I have to migrate to a podcast application with web/desktop support (like Pocketcast).
At the beginning of this year, I start to really learn to play chess (I already knew the basic rules of chess, but I have a poor level). It takes me on an impulse, and it remembers me when I try to learn play go in 2006, but I stop because I am crap and weariness. I came back to game of go sometimes, but it doesn't last. So I opened an account on chess.com, and I try to play and learn (with mixed result, I have an ELO score of 408 on daily games and 22.2 % won games, for the moment). Maybe the weariness, I stopped play for 3 months. Today, I start a new goal about chess, beat all beginner bots on chess.com with 3 crowns (AKA without any assists). I have already defeated the first one (Martin with an ELO of 250). I hope I can hold on this time.
Already 1:45 am, I have to go sleeping.
I've been on and off on chess for many years, but I'm nearly 1700 on Lichess now (AKA good enough to beat any casual player, but bad enough to get crushed by anyone who studied seriously at all). In my experience, the best way to get better at chess is to not play it. It's to study. Make sure you have good fundamentals: being able to spot hanging pieces, identifying weaknesses in your own and your opponent's structures, taking control of the center, developing efficiently, etc. If you stopped playing now, and just practiced tactic puzzles and watched some YouTube videos on opening theory and high level game analyses, you could be at 1000 rating in under a month.
Of course, actually playing is significantly more entertaining. One of my hobbies is speedcubing, and I've been stuck at the same skill level for probably upwards of 6 years, around a 15 second average. If I had spent all the time where I was grinding out solves and put it towards conscious improvement I could probably be under 10 seconds on average now. It's the same story with Rocket League, too. If I had spent more time doing conscious and intentional practice, I'd be much more highly rated than I am now.
Practice is hard, and it's just way more fun to play ;)
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