Thoughts On Chess Pt. 1

Oct 24, 2007, 5:33 AM |

You would think that after 15 years of knowing how to play chess that you would automatically improve. That I've come a long way since I would play my grandpa in the living room and get fools mated...he always promised me cookies if i beat him...

 You would think that after getting a bit older and a bit wiser it would be easier to understand, that you could just glance at the chessboard and understand it. No more confusion. Spatial awareness increases with time, as does critical thinking skills and so on and so forth...

But automatically getting better at chess seems to be far from the truth. In fact, I dont think anything could be less true. Which is one of the things that interests me so much about the game. How there are countless layers and layers of possibilities and combinations hiding beneath the familiar surface of a chess board. 

I suppose this is one of many qualities it has that has caused it to exist for the thousands of years that it has.