It is hard to believe that from 2007 to present I have embodied from my first column, devoted to my audience and readers, the key essence of what our trip together through time has trickled from my fingers tapping out my thoughts and trails I walked, sharing with you the ups and downs of chessdom. As such, if I have enriched, enticed, led by my spirit being to pass along my own joy for chess in all its component glories, then I have achieved some justified hope for sharing my thoughts and dreams with you.
Writing such a blog with a rather narrow topic within wordpress called CHESS was my choice. I could have written on the political scene that seems to factor in a greater audience and participation, but then I leave that to critics of the present with all their opinions. Why did I omit such an idea you might ask? Is it not a topic more engaging and of greater importance to the advancement of the human race? Frankly I believe that human events and social functioning tends to be cyclical. Is there in fact anything new in life when you think about the history of mankind and Earth’s makeup. I once coined that “Life is like a bowl of cherries. There is fruit and the pits that remain.”
My purpose already stated was to give to both chess players and the general public an outlet where the theme was always of a chessic nature tied with examples of my thoughts and lessons both inside the chessboard as well as on the chessboard of Life. Yes, I wanted a unique format and one which I have experienced. My English and Speech teachers taught me that one should write and talk on subjects both researched and more importantly defined through personal experience. That makes the oral or written word breathe life.
When I started my blog, I had no idea how long it would last or will last into the future. My aim is to be somewhat unconventional, present originality, stimulate with vigor the spirit of my readers and students, and hopefully to have an intriguing effect on the passing scene. From time to time I have also tried to make some sense out of this nonsensical world while keeping it within the realm of a chessic nature.
I guess I often wonder if I have achieved my purpose and dreams to convey my over 60 years now of interest and experience with those wooden symbols of power that unleashed brings pleasure and joy or sorrow as the case might be for the combatants. But even here, I wish to pass on my thinking that, no matter the result, life lessons are learned at the board.
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Adios for now!