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Hey Dave thanks for sharing and sorry to hear about your MRI. Chess will help and it's also a beautiful game.
I'm around 1840+ and will even go as low as 1500 if I don't keep playing or do puzzles for a while.
Would recommend you also check out the puzzles because they will help your in a passive way where you're not pressured for time.
Also Gotham is okay and the biggest channel on youtube but I would suggest https://www.youtube.com/@ChessNetwork if you really want to learn. Agadmator is also great (he's got playlist or sagas for a bunch of players from the past that you might like)
Wish you all the best
I use Chess Network to fall asleep. Agadmator actually got me back into chess after a 15year hiatus.
 

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French Defense. I kind of hate it a bit, slow games, but it works for me sometimes. Also, I don't understand guys that play all the way, hoping for a mistake to draw the game.


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I use Chess Network to fall asleep. Agadmator actually got me back into chess after a 15year hiatus.
Subscribed to Chess Network on You tube. There are some great games there by really smart folks!
 

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Philidor defense. Nothing special here. The guy made two great mistakes by losing his queen and rook. I posted this one, because finally I got back to 1001 rating. I was 1100 a few months ago, but I dropped to 900 for a while and now trying to get back higher.

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Another Philidor Defense. This one was tough going. 77 moves. Insane.

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I like this one. King's Pawn opening, Napoleon attack.

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There is a great tool to truck your openings on live rated games on Chess .com

My breakdown is.

French Opening-124 games
Italian Game-56 games
King's Pawn-41 games
Queen's Pawn-32 games
Vienna Game-29 games
Ruy Lopez-26 games
Sicilian Defense-20 games
Philidor Defense-19 games
Caro-Kann-18 games
Nimzowitsch-18 games
Uncommon openings-16 games
The Pirc Defense-14 games
Scandinavian-14 games
Three Knights Game-14 games
Queen's Gambit-12 games
Scotch Game-10 games
Center Game-9 games
Bishop Opening-9 games
Indian Game-8 games
Petrov Defense-7 games
London System-7 games
Ponziani Opening-7 games
4 Knights' Game-6 games
English Game-5 games
Reti Opening-5 games
Modern Game-4 games
Alekhine Defense-2 games
King's Fioinchetto-2 games
Catalan-2 games
King's Gambit-2 games
Owen's Defense-2 games
Danish Gambit-1 game
Trompowsky Attack-1 game
Colle System-1 game
Polish Defense-1 game
 

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Very surprising for me that I have so many French Opening games.
 

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Ruy Lopez opening. 13 moves game. He lost his knight and gave up.

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Sicilian Defense. I gave up my rook at the end to make it more interesting.

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Ah. Chess. Used to play with my friends. Took ages to make moves and everybody was like - come on dude, just play. Now I play blitz (I literally make the first move I deem somewhat adequate) and inevitably lose - they now think I half ass it...

Dave, I'd propose you look into playing video games. When it comes to games maybe StarCraft 2 is the closest thing to modern-day chess. It's very demanding, if you're into that type of stuff, both mechanically and strategically. Lost of things going on in real time. Pro players usually have 300-400+ APM (Actions per minute, that's clicks and keystrokes). Same as chess - the sky is the ceiling, but unlike chess it has added visual stimulus.
 

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Ah. Chess. Used to play with my friends. Took ages to make moves and everybody was like - come on dude, just play. Now I play blitz (I literally make the first move I deem somewhat adequate) and inevitably lose - they now think I half ass it...

Dave, I'd propose you look into playing video games. When it comes to games maybe StarCraft 2 is the closest thing to modern-day chess. It's very demanding, if you're into that type of stuff, both mechanically and strategically. Lost of things going on in real time. Pro players usually have 300-400+ APM (Actions per minute, that's clicks and keystrokes). Same as chess - the sky is the ceiling, but unlike chess it has added visual stimulus.
Thanks. Unfortunately, I'm an old school. Chess, checkers, dominos, nardi (backgammon), some card games. Yes, it was tough back in the day to find decent partners to play chess. This is much easier for me.
 

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Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack, Modern Variation.

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Queen's Pawn Opening. Accelerated London System. It was tough for me for a while, but my advancing pawn put a lot of pressure on him, and he made a mistake.

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Philidor Defense. The last one for today.

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French Defense: Knights Variation.

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Love the ending on this one.
 

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Another French Defense: Knight Variation.


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Vienna Game: Anderssen Defense.

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Queen's Pawn Opening: Chigorin Variation.

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