Chess: a strategic journey - Part I

Marion Duplo By Marion Duplo, 16th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I am determined to learn about things I don't understand. Chess is one of these things. This article is the first in a series that will follow my journey as it unfolds!

Checkmate, Kasparov!

I am the kind of person who journeys into the unknown in order to understand the world around me. Yep, I was one of those annoying kids who was always asking 'why'!

So it is in this vein that tonight (which happens to be my birthday by the way) I have decided to take up chess. And not just take it up, but master it, if one can master such a beast. Chess has always seemed like my kind of game; I get thrills from cryptic crosswords and reading philosophy, so why wouldn't I get a kick from this grand sport? Earlier in the year I saw a screening of a documentary about former Chess grandmaster Bobby Fisher at a film festival. His flawed genius was disturbingly fascinating.

Benjamin Franklin apparently once stated that chess was a great method of self-improvement, claiming that a student of chess was a student of foresight, circumspection and caution. Frankly, these three adjectives describe my personality quite well.

So while I haven't yet moved a 'horsie' or a 'castle-thingy' yet, I have started studying. And perhaps if chess is a great school for life, then life has been a great school for chess! Stay tuned for Part II to be issued in the near future where I'll bring you with me on my journey into the unknown world of chess!

Post-script: Don't worry, there's still time for gaming!


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author avatar Travis M Colon
16th Nov 2011 (#)

Chess is a beautiful game. I started studying it when I was 15 (now 21). There is a pleasurable sensation that arises when one watches or creates a series of moves which are so logical, yet utterly fascinating at the same time.

The beauty and genius of chess is in its simplicity. It will open up a whole new world of understanding which will affect your everyday life.

If you ever need a practice partner or resources to guide you I would be glad to help. I have quite a few books which are essential if you want to really improve your game. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Good luck, and most importantly, have fun!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
17th Nov 2011 (#)

I had a chess game on the TV. I could leave for work, come back and it still hadn't made its move. I am going to follow your instructions. It is such a fascinating game. I remember and admired Bobby Fischer.

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