I have been physically and mentally off since the state chess championship. I've had some problems sleeping, but mostly last week.
My familyand I ate Chinese buffet in Columbus on Saturday, which I normally love and it was our third time that week, but I then had diarrhea for
. I'm still feel off and borderline sick.
My results in the State Championship were good, and just slightly better than I would have expected. I nearly lost to a 13 year old prodigy who was rated almost as high as me, but my experience enabled me to get a draw. I also had trouble with another teenager, but my experience allowed me to barely squeeze out a win. I also beat a chess master and former state champion.
I feel like age is a factor in playing in these long tournaments. I took a bye in round 4, which you are allowed to do, because I thought that five games of four hours each would be too much in one weekend. Against the current state champion, I was holding my own, but lost some of my focus about 3 hours into it and lost. I enjoyed the tournament, but it was so long and so hard that it was also an ordeal. I told my friends that it would be better for me to play shorter tournaments.
Apparently I have experienced some chess burnout after the tournament. I have spent 20 months studying chess trying to get as good as I can and only got minimal improvement for my investment of time. I normally take great enjoyment in going to the chess clubs, and to some extent playing online, but these last few days I felt like I was just going through the motions. I lacked focus, which for me is normally pretty intense.
I wondered if I was experiencing some sort of personality change, because I wasn't feeling the same level of joy playing this game that I normally would? Normally I really enjoy playing, but not so much this last week.
I think what is really happening is that I have developed an interest in writing computer code again, and this has been very much in my thoughts. So my interests are shifting to writing computer code. I don't want to abandon chess, but for the moment I don't want to give it the same level of intensity.