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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.
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I always come to the forums to get my daily dose of mindfulness and compassion!
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