My Lessons Learned in Chess

Jan 7, 2012, 10:07 PM |

Since I’d been playing chess with diverse opponents, and considering that I don’t have much background on strategies except the one’s I get from playing with other chess players, I see quite a huge difference in my tactics, and those that are far stronger than I am. I’ve learned this lessons the hard way. I am planning on employing them, slowly.

  •  Deductive reasoning. The one thing that is really amazing for me is when my opponent seems to know where I am going exactly, and preventing me from doing that, in effect avoiding a potential problem from occurring rather than finding a solution once it has already occurred.
  •  Patience. Good things comes to those who wait. Or so they say. But I need results, whereas, they seem to have all the time in the world.
  • Pawns are as important as your officials; don’t go sacrificing them for no reason at all. When I play against Napoleon, a great offline opponent, he was surprised when I abandoned my pawn when I could have done something to defend it. In the end game, they really count he says. Which is true. They get promoted to the very position that I’d rather sacrifice them from.
  •  Do consider plan B (or C, D until you lose tract of how many plans one should have. Hehehe). Of course, I would insist on Plan A, because I had to make it work. But my being stubborn that way often had me at the losing end. A detour from the original plan doesn’t mean giving up the fight. It’s simply recognizing that what I had in mind is definitely not effective, so why not come up with something that might?

I'm continually learning. And I plan on improving as well. Not outright, but soon.