Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms #6
Chess has ‘boundaries of decorum.’
On all occasions play with dignity that does not go beyond the boundaries of decorum. There are some moves in chess that blatantly suggest the opponent is a rascal and is looking for an opportunity to snatch a point from you without effort. Such an opening is 1.e4 a6?!
This is the kind of opening that is played on a mobile while drinking a cup of coffee at your local city centre coffee bar in your lunchbreak. Does this player not realise that his opponent is Paul Mills, from the centre of Jolly Old England? Decorum, old boy, decorum. The surroundings in which you play will be reflected in your play on the chess board. Therefore, make an effort to play in congenial surroundings such as a study at home or some fixed place of relaxation. Then you will find yourself naturally responding to 1. e4 with 1..e5!
This is an example of what happens to opponents who plays 1. e4 a6?!