Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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become a better chess player
Too many moves!

I’m very slowly getting better at chess. I’m starting to look at the whole board more, and actually plan out moves. Any tips on how I can get better, besides more practice?


Lots of potential tips, though whether they’re of any use would depend on your level. Do you know your rating?

I love to talk chess, go through drills & practices, and share techniques. If you play online (FICS is great), we could have a game or two.

One recommendation right off the bat: I’ve found Chessmaster 10th ed to be an amazing tool! The tutorials are fantastic, and it has a lot of good drills to go through. Everything from the rudiments of how pieces move up through tactics and strategy into subtle elements of the psychology of chess. Fun stuff, and it can be picked up for a pretty cheap price.

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