Chess: a strategic journey - Part IV - your opponent

Marion Duplo By Marion Duplo, 26th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/10ewywx7/
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Part four of my journey sees me discover that I have underestimated my opponent.

Research, research, research

You will have noticed that it has been a while since the last leg of my strategic journey into the murky world of chess. If you need to re-cap, please revisit previous episodes, I, II and III.

Where have I been, you ask? Well, I have been researching. Studying the great moves of the chess masters of old; trying to emulate Gary Kasparov, Bobby Fischer and other greats. Having established that White 1.e4 was going to be my best statistical shot of achieving chess glory, it was time to get straight into it.

My opponent

So I started with White 1.e4 in an iPhone game against my chess opponent. All was going well, I did it! I started the game! After all the studying I knew exactly which move I would use next. Aha, I thought! I've got him now! I know what to do next! And then...

Checkmate?

...then he made his move. And it wasn't the move that I anticipated. He was Anatoli Karpov to my Gary Kasparov in 1984. So, lesson learned. Chess is a strategic game - you can't have a single plan! What's so challenging about chess is that you need to not just respond to, but anticipate your opponents several next moves.

And so the journey continues. Next episode, I pick up the pieces from my false start and get strategic!

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Check, Checkmate, Chess, Chess Pieces, Chess Strategy, Chess Tips, Chessboard, Game, Games, Opponent, Strategy

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
7th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks, Marion, for continuing with this information.

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author avatar EasyWriter
26th May 2012 (#)

I am starting to write my own pages on chess. Great story of "Marion vs. iPhone."

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