Everyone gets lucky once in a while

Jan 16, 2008, 8:05 AM |

I'm still fairly new to playing somewhat seriously - I've played since I was 8, but just recently took up the game again.

 I was still in my opening, trying to get my pieces into play when I couldn't believe what I saw.  I think I just got lucky because this was certainly not planned.

How some players are able to see and plan more then 10 moves in advance is beyond me.  I'm still trying to learn to stay alive with plans that include possibly 4 moves in advance.

 I suppose while I am still learning the game (I've concluded that simply knowing which direction pieces move is NOT knowing the game) I will have to play an unpredictable game.  Trying to stay alive while playing a good defense will often open the door for your offense, even if you don't realize it at the time. 

A quote by Vince Lombardi comes to mind for anyone reading who is an old football fan - "The best offense is a good defense."  And Robert E. Lee had said "If a man is too weak to defend he must attack".  These are my game tactics so far.


White          Black

G1 - F3        E7 - E5

F3 x E5        G8 - H6

D2 - D4        F7 - F6

E5 - C4        D7 - D5

C4 - A5        B8 - C6

A5 - B3        F8 - B4 +

C2 - C3        B4 - D6

F2 - F3         C8 - F5

B1 - D2         0 - 0

H2 - H3        G7 - G5

G2 - G4        D6 - G3 + +


(I don't think I could do that again if I tried)