…he said with a sly wink.
Last night at the chess club, a friend went into a gentle rant about the time spent blogging instead of studying chess. He also observed with amusement that many chess improvement bloggers have periods of feverish activity followed by an eventual dropout.
And his final shot was to note that making grand pronouncements about progress (or regression) on a game-to-game basis is like watching the stock market every day. Most of the ups and downs are just noise. In chess, there’s no value in being a day trader.
I’m not going to defend chess blogging, certainly not in terms of its benefits to your game. By the same token, you could argue that driving to the club wastes an extra hour of time that could be more profitably spent in a slow game on the Internet Chess Club. And some people do that. My view of chess blogging is that, like playing at a club, it’s largely a social activity around a common interest. (Of course my opinion might be worthless because I am only marginally a chess blogger.)
But the bit about day trading, I think he’s completely right there. Good players seem to spend their brain cycles thinking about positions and tactics and themes, not about results and ratings so much.