Aug 5, 2009, 5:03 AM 3
'The play of a beginner is planless, because he has too many plans ... he has a great liking for his Queen and the Knight ... the latter on acount of his peculiar step ... When watching beginners, you will frequently observe numberless moves by a peripatetic Queen, reckless incursions by a Knight into the enemy's camp, and when the other pieces join in the fray, combination follows combination in bewildering sequence and fantastic chaos...'
- from 'Chess strategy' by Edward Lasker
Not that my opponent was a beginner by any stretch of the imagination. Rather, he got too caught up in the romantic spirit of the Knights.