Monday, July 13, 2015

Life and Chess

I am not very clear about the term time... I don't know what it means still I spend a lot of it on playing chess. Every time I play chess I realize how similar it is to life. 


  • Chess is timed just like life. It is ruthless, very competitive and time management is extremely important.
  • Every move has (or should have) a purpose.
  • One needs to think before making a move but not so long that you lose all your time. 
  • Some play defensive but playing offensive is needed too. Risk takers are rewarded may be later in the game.
  • Thinking 3-4 moves ahead helps but what the opponent's move will be is always unpredictable unless you make/allure them to make a certain move... It's a trap! 
  • One may sacrifice some pieces or lose material in the trap, try to minimize your losses and move on.
  • Be less predictable: that is more interesting.
  • You don't have to be a swindler to win... you just have to be better.
  • We all blunder from time to time. This does not mean we should give up and run away. There is ALWAYS a lifeline.
  • Sometimes people make moves that we simply don't understand, don’t read too much between the lines. They are just silly moves – that’s all there is to it.
  • Always have plan B, plan C, plan D ready in your heads.
  • Play wisely, start well, how you begin matters!
  • If an opportunity (opening) appears, seize it immediately.
  • Make every effort to get into the game – ASAP.
  • It seldom goes the way you planned – adjust and continue.
  • Trade inferior material and positions for important ones, the King being your body, use all the other pieces to give the King happiness, wealth, comforts and mostly health & fitness.
  • Latent talent in ordinary people can become obvious after years of hard work and learning.
  • (If you do) Lose graciously and learn at least one lesson from it.
  • Draw is as good as a win and definitely better than a loss.
  • Take your time, but settle on one plan of action… and then do it!
  • Most important lesson chess teaches is you are given everything that one needs to win (even if you have sacrificed or lost a few pieces)... rather than thinking about what is gone make the most of what you have on the board. If you don't win then nothing but you yourself is to be blamed...!
I am on chess.com and my id is rasikamahabal. Do add me! Let's play and enjoy it!

1 comment:

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