Chess is Life (Part 3)
Mar 10, 2008, 7:20 PM 1
As I develop into a more competent chess player, I am understanding that what I do in the beginning of the game is extremely important .I may not win with a good opening move, but I could loose very quickly if I do not have a good opening.
Once I realized that everyone I played knew the "Mate in 4 moves" I was at a loss. I decided to play and watch what my opponent was doing, I never got it that way. I needed help. I decided that I couldn't do this on my own anymore.
I posted a note on the site asking about books for beginners. Many people responded with great suggestions. Many are in my Amazon wish list now!
I responded with another post asking people who they enjoyed playing and why. I wrote a couple of names from the site, but really it was my son. I enjoy teaching him and I wanted him to learn right, this forces me to learn right.
People from the site started messaging me offering help. One person is taking the time to analyze my game. This person took the time to give me some terms that I should search on the Internet. One of them was an opening move.
I have worked this move with some success. I am not winning because of it, but the people I have gained a level of respect from my opponents, I think. It is early to tell, but as the person who gave me the advice last night said, I need to sleep dreaming about the opening.
We all try to start something new; sometimes we dive into it with a headstrong attitude and with little regard to what or why we are doing it. We need to build a foundation.
I used to be a Theatre Arts student; one of the most influential people in my life was my main professor. One thing he taught me if you want to be good at something, you needed to first build a foundation. Then look up, there is a ladder .You may not see the top, but when you learn some part of your goal you take a step, knowing that the ladder is on a firm foundation. As you reach the next level of the ladder you should be comforted to know that the level you are standing on is secure.
You should never see the top of the ladder, if you do.... What's the point of doing it anymore?
The point is, no matter what you do in life; your success is almost always traced back to your opening move, your foundation.