frrostedman wrote:The best players in the world have photographic memories. They study thousands of openings, mid game strategies, etc. and memorize everything. This kind of thing takes dedication... like 24x7x365 kind of dedication. AND a photographic memory is essential if you want to be the tops in the world.
I just never had it in me. Not the passion, not the sharp memory, not the willingness to dedicate all of my free time toward it.
That's why I stopped when I got to 1800. Even at 1800 the games start to become more about memorized openings and not making mistakes. I find that a single mistake against an 1800 or better rated player will almost always result in a slow painful, boring death.
The higher up you go, the more extreme it gets, with many grandmaster's being able to guarantee draws with white by going down certain opening lines well known to force drawn endgames, memorized for up to 20 or so moves.
With the advent of technology things are only going to get worse, unfortunately, with the days of players like Tal long gone. Many of Tal's most genius plays have even been shown to be completely flawed using computer analysis, and likely would have failed against the better defenses of today.
Most games are draws at higher levels, and that's a shame. There are still great games being played, but things can only get worse. Chess may be unplayable at the highest level in 100-500 years time.
I dread to think what quantum computing will do to the game!