Some philosophy I was curious about
I worked a lot since my last post, and had some rough weeks. Unfortunately I didn't play too much, I mainly learned tactics and couple of lessons, but not only. I also tried to understand the correct mindset of chessplayers, the way they think about the game. Not only the analysis, but the philosophy too. Chess is a slow game, not very dynamic. I would like to understand for example, how the best players handle impatience, or how they motivate themselves to dig deeper, even when the position looks won or lost. I would like to know what is their relation to the game, what are their thoughts about it's place in their lifes.
Whatever I do or see people doing, I'm always curious about the correct way of doing it and in the vast majority of the cases, sooner or later I realize that it's about thinking right. It's about having a correct mindset. The required solidity of the mindset is higher when the pressure increases.
In my spare time I read a lot of ,,how to" stuff and I found some really interesting quotes.
,,Inferior positions are actually the easiest to play"
,,Whoever sees no other aim in the game than that of giving checkmate to one's opponent will never become a good chessplayer" Max Euwe
,,Don't ever expect your opponent to make a mistake"
,,Real chessplayers think about chess more or less 24 hours a day. It is a passion and a fate that one has to live with - and it lasts a lifetime" Simen Agdestein
,,For me art and chess are closely related, both are forms in which the self finds beauty and expression" Vladimir Kramnik
,,Don't be afraid of losing, be afraid of playing a game and not learning something" Dan Heisman
This list is far from a full list, but there are deep thoughts.
All in all I'm still a beginner player, but I think I start to understand how the great minds of chess were, and are thinking.