I recently send out a survey to my newsletter readers. I am really thankful to the people who took the time to respond! I already made a few changes to the newsletter based on the feedback, such as
- including a click and move flash based link so you can play through each game
- slowed down the delivery of the newsletter by sending no newsletters on Sundays
- Added links to the blog page, as many readers didn’t know about it
- Got several “guest newsletter” writers
I really enjoyed reading the results. My favorite question was the last one which was “What do you like best about chess”?
Here are some of the great and interesting responses that I got:
It is a game that uses your mind that also helps you in many other areas of life too.
Chess is the ultimate thinking-man’s game.
A set of new puzzles every time.
The challenge it presents to my mind
Problem solving that leads to a win
It is fun and helps me become more smart.
The realisation that there is a great tactical forced mate or winning combination on the board.
At my age (I am 70) the challenge helps me to stay mentally active.
The beauty of a well-played game, the sense that I am a chessplayer win, lose, or draw; the total focus helps me deal with my bi-polar
Sometimes, the beauty.
Playing, searching for the perfect move is any position, the history
Everyone starts equals – a true test of ability.
great game for all ages!
It’s always different challenge.
The spiritual side: peace, meekness, patience, faithfulness, joy, and self-control
The beauty of it
Chess knowledge limitless.
No two games are the same!
Nice distraction from work
The ultimate mental break from the everyday.
The competition and the companionship of the players. I have been part of the Colorado chess scene since 1978.
Every move is a puzzle.
Intellctually stimulating… seeking the truth in a position, and the beauty, or art in a well played game, with all the variations.
Applying battlefield-like strategy to a board game
Attacking the enemy king.
HOW SIMILAR IT IS TO LIFE PROCESSES
The beauty of ideas and infinite possibilities: everyone can deep inside chess and enjoy it and explore it (as science, sport, education, art, composition, studies, research, etc.)
playing against smart people help me become a little smarter. I hope!
Winning a well played game.
Solving problems and tactics
Intelellectual game where you can always be learning
It’s fun in fast games and very satisfying when I do well in long time controled games.
games of famous people
Best adrenaline rush you can get whilst sitting in an armchair…
Friendships, beauty of the game, and competitions.
the players and beating toads.
Pulling off a swindle that allows a draw or win against a superior opponent, or against an opponent who has held the advantage throughout the game.
the symphony of moves
When I first started out: End games. Nowadays, tactics and strategy related you middle games.
The intellectual challenge. I am 77 and mental exercise is the best exercise.
Pretty much everything.
The challenge, the adventure and the fact that you almost never know for sure what is going to happen next.
The challenge of finding the best move
the passion of the game and the friends I have made through my assoociation with Chess
that it is possible to get better by practice
International friendships through chess.
depth of the game
both sides know everything about the state of the game.