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Notes at 1300

Notes at 1300

Sep 30, 2008, 12:18 AM 2

Notes at 1300


So here it is:  we’re at the end of September, Fall is starting, and it’s my favorite time of year.  And wouldn’t you know it – I’ve been hovering at the 1300 mark for the last month or so.  For a while there, I thought it was a fluke.  Especially when I briefly dipped back down to 1200 after some really rough games.  “Thematic” Chess can do that to you…


But it can be fun, too.  I’ve been learning a lot.  I’m not getting forked nearly as much these days.  And I think I know why.


From time-to-time, you hear Chess nuts talking about “looking ahead x number of moves”, and think to yourself, that has to be an innate ability that some people have; being able to see what will happen several moves into the game’s future.  I know, I can’t do that.  At least, not yet.  But the recent games have given me practice on this so-called innate skill.  I’m not so sure now that it isn’t something that you learn.  I think I might actually be looking a move or two ahead, when I know I wasn’t doing that a couple months ago.


Ann Landers wrote,  "Nobody gets to live life backwards. Look ahead -- that's where your future lies."  So maybe that’s the secret to getting better at this sport: practice at looking ahead.  Am I a big Ann Landers fan?  Heck no!  But at least in this situation, she hit the nail on the head.


Lastly, a word of advice to those who play against me: leave my rooks alone!  I’ll leave you with a recent game of mine that clearly illustrates why this is so.  Talk to you again soon!


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