We welcome you, dear reader our virtual club! Perhaps you have wondered, and is it worth… is it possible… to learn to play chess, at a Mature age??? If so, then this article is written for you!
There is a category of people-dreamers, who for many years, can dream of great accomplishments, feats, incredible adventures and not daring to try, at least to start moving in the desired direction! But they are restrained by many reasons, sometimes serious, such as employment, and sometimes not, such as common stereotypes, that in adulthood it is too late to begin to master something new. Anyway, the kids (grandkids) will laugh, and you head is not the same and similar reasons. Very good this theme in the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” where the main character finally decided on the adventure he dreamed of, for a few days, became a completely different person, changed, mainly internally, becoming a true hero in the eyes of the woman…I highly recommend to view this film.
If we talk about chess, we can tell a remarkably inspiring story of how the ability to play this attractive game, qualitatively changed the life of one beautiful woman!
I hope this example will dispel all your doubts regarding the age, sex, circumstances and even some dubious reasons why you retard the moment of learning chess.
I was a part of the story, as it was my privilege to teach my “pupils” a chess game! Natalia (so let’s call our heroine) is a very charming lady spoke to the chess club with a request to recommend her as a coach. at the time she was at least forty years, perhaps more, as there was she and granddaughter! Frankly, the prospect of teaching such a “young” student, didn’t seem very tempting, but my curiosity got up and we started the workout, I have no regrets, because I have made stunning conclusions! What interested me most was the reason Natalie came to such a specific knowledge…is unlikely, this goal was winning the champions title.
To my surprise and to his too, by the way, Natalia has mastered the rules of the game and even started to solve a simple task! However, she lamented why she hesitated to hire a professional coach. It turns out that she tried many times to learn to play, but since he studied with relatives, they have not had the patience to explain everything is available and it is not moved from a dead point. And here, in a few weeks to master all the rules, then problem solving, then the simplest debuts and of course the skills of attack and mate the king.
After a few months of training (only 2 times a week + homework) Natalia came a deserved result and fulfilled its desired goal! She gave me the news… Natalia won a game against her own husband!!! She long dreamed of, but what struck me more was the motive of all this…
Chess was a favorite hobby wife Natalia, and she wanted to spend more time with him. That is why she did and when she won, unwittingly forced him to respect themselves, lit in the eyes of wife twinkle, he looked at her with different eyes, but that’s not all!
What else got Natalia as a gift for their courage and faith in yourself?
According to her:
– she had more energy knowing that she is doing something unusual for her and it turns out it is.
she began to respect himself and the mystery.
– it is easily taught granddaughter this game and they became sparring partners.
– granddaughter was more attached to her grandmother, she became more interesting to spend more time together.
– all girlfriends Natalia couldn’t hide his admiration, and she has become a universal example!
she continues to play with her husband and the shame of losing his own wife, decided to improve your game skills, got distracted by computer games and began to study chess literature!!! Of course, the relationship between them became much more interesting and joyful…
– and most importantly…Natalia finally believed in yourself! Now she knows her arrange the knowledge, abilities and skills. Because, seemingly, such a difficult game of chess, obeyed, thanks to the efforts and most importantly in the correctness of decisions – to pursue their dreams!
I cited the example of only one story of how chess radically changed the lives of fragile middle-aged women, but I’m sure you have your reasons for not postponing the implementation of their desires on the back burner. Just make up your mind and you will succeed!!!
If you know of such inspiring stories, like chess (or another kind of activity) has changed your life or the lives of your friends, write about it in the comments to this article. We will be happy to inspire each other!
Author Ava Suleimanova
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