As you can see from the title, today’s topic of our discussion is a bit unusual. First of all, what do I mean by coming back from a chess vacation? It means, you haven’t played chess for some significant amount of time but decided to change your life and come back. Sometimes people have to take a break from playing/improving their chess.
There is an infinite number of reasons why that may happen: exotic vocation, job schedule, school work, travels arrangements, winning a million dollars lottery (some people would play more in this case) may interfere with chess. After we’re done with all these “important” things we may feel that it is a good time to start playing our favorite sport again. How to do it again?
Depending on how long was the “chess vacation” you will experience the decrease in performance when you start playing. Chess is the same as any other sport: longer the break, lower the performance. Best advice, of course, is not to take a vocation from chess, but if it had happened:
What do we do about getting back into a chess shape?
If you haven’t played a single game for five years and tomorrow is when the World Open starts, you’re in trouble and probably don’t have sufficient amount of time to get your mind to work well in chess direction. In most other cases when you have some reasonable amount of time it is possible to do something to get you back in chess playing state. If you are planning to get into an “okay” chess shape and compete in the tournament in near future after your chess vacation, you may want to read the steps below.
You may want to review the following articles; they will build up your confidence and give some advantage over your competition: