January 11th 2021

Today I’m tired because last night I told myself I’d go to bed the next time I lost a chess game, but then I won like 12 in a row and suddenly it was 4am. I’m a bit obsessed. It’s probably not particularly healthy. My screen time is up, which is bad, but also it’s like not a terrible time sink like some things I’ve gotten addicted to in the past. It’s definitely better than Twitter.

I went from 830 elo (my rating) to 990 in like 4 hours, which is pretty good, but when you first sign up for an account on chess.com you start at 1000 rating, so really I’ve invested a lot of time into getting back to where I started. I lost a lot of really bad games before I started to do the research. And now I’m addicted to both playing chess, and watching instructional chess videos! 2021 is a wild year for me.

In a way, it’s nice to notice some marked improvement. I tend to get like this about weird and useless things. I taught myself the Rubik’s cube in a night, once. I’ve mentioned that on here before, I know, but it’s not the kind of thing you’re supposed to say out loud.

Until tomorrow, and yet for some reason I consistently do.


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