So I Googled 'MBE + Chess' follwed a few links and stumbled upon this.
(It's off topic, but I don't think this forum is going to get us any chess playing OBE's or MBE's
But it may help someone who is planning on becoming a grandmaster.)
http://calnewport.com/blog/2010/01/06/t ... able-life/
The Grandmaster in the Corner Office: What the Study of Chess Experts Teaches Us about Building a Remarkable Life
"â€¦chess players at the highest skill level (i.e. grandmasters) expended about 5000 hours on serious
study alone during their first decade of serious chess play â€“ nearly five times the average amount
reported by intermediate-level players."
To become exceptional you have to put in a lot of hours, but of equal importance, these hours have to
be dedicated to the right type of work.
(that is where I've been going wrong. Studying opening traps for 40 years does not appear to have worked.)
A decade of serious chess playing will earn you an intermediate tournament ranking. (opening traps will get you to 2000, I'm proof.)
But a decade of serious study of chess games can make you a grandmaster."
So you are only 10 years away from becoming a grandmaster.......and building a remarkable life.
(only if you study the correct things, devote Â½ a day to opening traps.)
When you make it and give Carlsen a good thrashing let us know and we will put you up for an OBE.
(phew!...back on topic.)