Also I know that everyone learns at their own pace according to each person's mental capacity and intellect. I believe that there is a also relation between the way we play and learn and the level and type of interest that we share for the game.
I remember as a little boy of 12, when I first learned how to play chess that the game fascinated me so much that I would be looking at the tiles on the floors where ever I went and see the way that the Knights, Bishops, Rooks and just about all the pieces and how they could be moved in those tiles.
This was with me for a very long time (and in certain ways is still with me) and as a result I became a pretty good chess player at such an early age and my fascination even lead me to read several books on Chess. I don't think that I would be so good at chess and understand it the way that I do if I did not have that level of fascination which comes from the pure joy of playing the game.
Perhaps people who just enjoy playing the game for fun and enjoyment share the type of common interest that allows them to learn at a faster rate then most and play in such a way where they just see tactics and plays that those who play for score don't see.
I personally receive pleasure from playing players at my level or higher (although we don't all share the same exact understanding on every detail of tactics and strategy) and winning because my understanding is better/different than my opponents. At the same time, losing to a player with greater/different understanding and knowledge drives me to want to learn more and become a better strategist/tactician.
In the end the reason why we all do this is for a certain pleasure that we receive from our own understanding of the game and the level of that pleasure is what drives us onward to increase our understanding of the game even further.
I could be wrong but that is my opinion. So I think Yes; People who play for fun not only enjoy the game more but are and become better players all the time. Or maybe I should say people who enjoy this game more then others or the most, become better players all the time.
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