Chess Storms

Chess Storms

Nov 15, 2013, 4:12 PM |

How to Weather Chess Storm

Every chess player must develop an acute sense of danger. Here’s a short word about it.

In the course of a game, each move changes the situation on the chessboard. Some pieces get a greater radius of action, while others happen with a reduced scope. Some lines open up, some lines are shut.

Every chess player has to find some way to deal with a changing environment. They must find a correct response to a changing climate, move after move. They need to evolve stable strategies for dealing with instability.

Among most valuable chess skills, the power to detect changes in a position that signal a coming storm is a gift. And this should come with enough advance notice to prepare for adversity. Because danger looms everywhere! We are in the game where every move can be the last.

We are not certain how this chess barometer works, yet the evidence of its existence with the first echelon of chess players now and in the past is clear (think of Capablanca, for instance, who had an uncanny sense of danger).

The best players have tremendous situational awareness. They know where they are and where they are going. And they have shown an amazing ability to compensate for being pushed off track.

You would agree all the above makes much sense, chessly speaking.

But if I tell you I have borrowed the above from a field totally disconnected from chess, you will be surprised.

See you in Part 2...


Chess storm (chess art by St. Germain, titled “At the Train station”)