So I started playing chess around six months ago and have slowly grown to love the game. I mostly play against the computer, since I realized I view it as more of a mental puzzle like Sudoku, rather than a contest between two players. Plus, my skill decreases exponentially with shorter time controls. Here are some random thoughts about the game:
It's amazing how good humans are at it, given that computers can calculate so quickly. I think if humans are given the same number of calculations, rather than amount of time, say like a day per move, they could still put up a fight against computers.
I feel like you can often make some really awkward looking moves and still come out ok. Like, once I saw a 2000-rated player put a bishop in front of the pawn (Bd3 with the pawn still on d2), and the computer evaluation was ok with it. In fact the evaluation never seems to shift much in the opening unless there's an obvious blunder. Maybe it's because computers use their opening book instead of calculating, which assigns an equal value to each opening?
Having said that, it's interesting how some openings are fundamentally flawed. The king's gambit was actually solved recently, and found to be almost always a win for black, unless white plays some weird moves.
English opening is the best opening. :P