The question of what sort of work I should try to pick up while I’m slogging away at my masters degree is always a tricky one. I’m generally considered too old or too over qualified for entry level retail or hospitality work (because, you know, the last thing employers want is someone working for them who’s experienced, educated and able to think for himself) and attempts at picking up casual office work have not gone well. But last week I spotted an ad on the jobs website I hadn’t seen before:

Chess Tutor

How often is that going to come up?

Well… as it turns out they advertise about once a term or so, but hey, I had never seen it before so that makes it unusual, right?

So yeah. I’m a chess tutor now. Which is weird, because based on my current form I’m not sure who in their right mind would want me teaching anyone how to play chess. My rating has dropped well below 1000 and I think I’ve managed to lose more daily games on in a row than I care to think about, but at least I think I still have a basic idea of how the horsies... sorry... knights move.

Now if only I can find someone to tutor me in how not to throw solid positions away by getting cocky and over pressing.

Make of that what you will.


Garry with 2 Rs

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