Close Season Blues
A recent study of football fans suggested they suffer severe withdrawal symptoms and depression when the season ends, (or during in my case!) they go on to say the football-free summer could leave up to two thirds of football fans - nigh on 10million people, with "end of season affective disorder".
Some of the symptoms include;
I see a pattern emerging here, all seven symptoms occur in players and during every game of chess we've ever played! With the obvious exceptions of Elation and Joy.
Dependence is part of the human condition, we depend on our family, friends, interests and jobs to construct our identity and give meaning to our lives. Without the regular 'fix' of over the board competition we become strung out, laboured, lacking direction - Take a look around any town or city centre and you'll see dozens of shoddily dressed men talking in to empty wine bottles and beer cans.
You thought they were tramps didn't you? WRONG! Its close season chess players reciting variations of the French and Sicilian!
What do we do with ourselves in this situation?
Its OK though, only 4 months, a 124 days, just 2967 hours, a mere 178,020 minutes or 10,681,200 seconds until our next league match, (not that I'm counting!)