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Becoming a Master at Chess is to learn and apply the art of Objective Thought.When we move is it about knowing we are increasing our dynamic use of force, or is it a matter of 'hope he won't see it' most of the time?
Are chess players interested in what the Buddha said should be done by one who walks in the way of truth?
Please listen to the Metta Sutta in English.http://dl.dropbox.com/u/33888310/01%20Metta%20Sutta%20in%20English.mp3NOTE -- Revised link that works. Thanks for letting me know. LC
I guess that mindfulness and compassion, are not the real key to mastering chess. Chess is a lot about visualization, knowledge and patterns. What you can call mindfulness in chess is more like concentration and mechanical valuation of position. But mindfulness in Buddhism is (IMO) ability to observe even the slightest bodily functions and sensations to understand, how they begin and end to see the they are not I. So one shouldnt get distracted by them.btw: the link isnt working
I don´t think that being in a compassive state will help to win, you need to have the motivation to fight.
Otherwise if for example you are pawn less or with a worse position you will think: "i´m lost" and stop really trying to win, ok, the evaluation could be true, but you should even try to play.
I think you are seeking ways to increase concentration ability. Viktor Korchnoi practices Ananda Marga yoga and meditation.
Hoping your opponent doesn't see your attack is not a reliable method of winning. If he doesn't, good for you, but you need to enforce your assault so it works out regardless.
As for compassion, be compassionate before and after the game. During it, be ruthless for all I care, so long as you are not breaking rules or being rude.
Please refer to post number one.I revised the link to a four minute audio of monks chanting in English the Metta chant.
Here is a longer audio about a topic which is highly relevant today: Being in Peace in a World of Conflictshttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/33888310/41%20Being%20at%20Peace%20in%20a%20World%20of%20Conflicts%20Ajahn%20Sumedho%2020101010.mp3
Be at peace:
Who Needs Enlightenment When I Have My Opinions?
How does what Buddha said relate to "developing ability to win at chess". I mean, did Buddha even know how to play chess, let alone play it well?
Mindfulness in Meditation is awareness, and awareness is understanding, and understanding everything on the board is certain victory.
Awareness is understanding? Well, I suppose if you stretch the definition of awareness to the doctoral level.
Mindfullnes - yes, meditaion - yes, yoga - yes, but compasion = no. Compassion will make you not having the fighting spirit that you need to win. You sit there at the board and in front of you there is a human being that suffers from your moves. He is nervous, tries his best, and yet your moves are coming after him, setting him under pressure and finally crushing him. You think you will play better, when having compassion in this situation ? If you feel compassion, you'll either give him willingly a win or draw or you will do that on a subconscious leves by making a blunder. A peaceful compassionate mindset does not go well together with chess (=wargame). You have to defeat your adversary and not having commpassion for him, because he will not hesitate to defeat you whenever you show a weakness.
Bobby Fischer is laughing from the grave.
learningcoach zzgloo1.Nf3 g6Played by some masters but very difficult for Black to manage the influence in the center White now gets.Stronger is the reply ...d5 or ...Nf6.2. c4 Bg73. d4 Nf6Here ...c5 is sharp and strong.4. Nc3 d5Very strong move, and now White has only a minimal edge.5. e3 0-06. cxd5 Nxd57. Bc4 Nb6Here ...Nxc3 8.bxc3 c5 is almost equal.8. Bb3 c6AGAIN the move pawn to c5 is strong. The moment he places a bishop on g7, Black is thinking to attack with ...c5. It is 'thematic.'In general, Black has to be alert to overcome White's advantage of the first move.9. 0-0 N8d7Here ...Na6 is a better way to mobilize this knight.Black has to anticipate White's pawn a4 and notice that after 9....Na6 10. a4 Bg4 allows White a small edge.10. a4 Nf6 Black is now in severe difficulties.He can try 10....Nd5 11.Nxd5 cxd5 12.Bxd5 but the additional pawn and center control has White almost winning now. 11. a5 Nbd7Black has ....Nbd5 which keeps White's advantage to a minimum after 12. Re1 Bf5. Again notice the importance of not blocking the c8-bishop.12. e4 b6All the chess engine can find for Black is 12.... Ne8, but then 13. e5 Nc7 14. Be3 Nb8 (!?) 15. Bc4 b5 16. axb6 axb6 17. Rxa8 Nxa8 18. Ng5 b5 19.Bb3 Nb6 20. and White has a large advantage but is still a game.13. We end the analysis here with the remark that White is simply winning.There is nothing Black can do from here forward to change the outcome.Here then is the .PGN file...[Event "For Learning Not For Rating"][Site "Chess.com"][Date "2013.10.10"][White "learningcoach"][Black "zzgloo"][Result "1-0"][WhiteElo "1746"][BlackElo "1760"][TimeControl "1 in 5 days"][Termination "learningcoach won by resignation"]1.Nf3 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 d5 5.e3 O-O 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb3 c6 9.O-O N8d7 10.a4 Nf6 11.a5 Nbd7 12.e4 b6 13.axb6 Nxb6 14.Bd2 Bb7 15.Qc2 e6 16.e5 Nfd5 17.Ne4 Nd7 18.Nd6 Nxe5 19.dxe5 Bxe5 20.Nxb7 Qc7 21.Na5 Rab8 22.Qxc6 Rxb3 23.Qxc7 Bxc7 24.Nxb3 Bb6 1-0
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