I have been playing chess for almost a year and I'm addicted to playing chess on Lichess. My stats there are:
- 2100 classical
- 2000 rapid
- 1800 blitz
I feel that playing chess online ruins my life and that my life would be much better without it at the moment.
I'm studying at University and my grades have dropped.
I'm not devoting enough time to my work place.
I'm barely going out with my friends
I do less sports
I've dropped some of my other fun hobbies
I sleep very late
I barely go on dates
All of these are results of my online chess addiction. However, after all that said, it makes me sad to think that I will give up chess completely. I still want to keep my playing skills and improve.
Can a chess player keep himself in shape by only studying chess (which is not as addictive as playing online) and playing long time control OTB tournaments once in a while? Or should I quit chess completely?
Please help me by finding some things that I could do to stay good at chess while not playing online.
I'm mainly addicted to blitz, the problem is that I lack self control to restrain myself from playing it. I have tried a few times to stop playing only blitz but failed to accomplish that and went back to my bad habits. I wish there was an option to open an account that would only be allowed to play long time control games, to help people like me. Once I play blitz I usually just crave reaching a specific rating and I play like am possessed.
I started playing in a local chess club a few months ago. I already got to play 3 long time control tournaments, quite successfully, and I want to keep my level there. I fear that without this abusive online playing my abilities OTB will be damaged.