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Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms #3

Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms #3

paulmills642
Nov 10, 2015, 9:26 AM 0

Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms. #3

A Chess game is both serious and witty.

A Chess game is essentially serious.  It obeys strict principles such as the development of the pieces and the safety of the King, either by castling King side or Queen side or finding a safe haven.  To flout these serious principles is to risk playing a game ‘in jest’.  Expect to lose this kind of game more than you will win.  Chess has rules and laws.  The rules of chess are written in a book.  E.g.  how pieces capture and move.  The laws of chess are equally immutable but not well defined.  This is the beauty of chess, that we can discover new laws, but not rules.  So play a serious game, but don’t disregard the occasional jest as a surprise weapon in your arsenal that can often obtain a quick victory. 
In the following game I surprise my opponent with a 'jest' move and idea. 
On my move 3. c4!?, my opponent thinks. 'Is this a gambit? I certainly haven't seen this before, surely he has booked up on this.  I had better decline it.'  So they play the sensible-looking 3..Bf5?!  But this allows 4. cxd5 and already Black has lost his 'Caro' c6 pawn and now b7 and a8 are vulnerable to my g2 bishop.  The bishop on f5 is misplaced and the rest of the game shows this.  This bishop is eventually trapped and won.  No doubt confused by the opening moves!

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