Butcher wrote:humphreys wrote:I haven't played in months, tbh. I hit a wall somewhere in the 1800s, got annoyed, and started doing other things.
1800 is about the rate where others act like you can perform miracles, but we still can't hang with the big boys.
That's true. For me the 1800s is where the game got a little less fun because it becomes a LOT about theory, learned openings, and memorization.
I'm not saying there's no room for great creative play, but if you really want to get over 1900 or 2000 you have to knuckle down and put in a awful lot of detailed study and that's where I couldn't push myself to the next level.
I also found that other players at that level were good enough that as soon as you make one error, you've had it, and that error might even be a simple inaccuracy in the opening, then you just get ground down for the rest of the match.
I don't think I had the patience and attention span needed to ever be 2000+, although I did get the odd win against some low 2000 players.