Chess is often thought of as a complex game, but can really be easily learned. The key to becoming a better player is to never get stuck on one level of play. Always be adding to your game by learning and trying new strategies. Here’s a few tips to start you off.
Some games depend totally on your ability to come up with strategies, build on your previous strategy, and create more advanced strategies. Chess games require you to think on your feet, and to modify your strategy every time your opponent makes a move. There are some board games that require no decision making skills, these depend on luck, and are usually children’s games such as chutes and Ladders or Sorry. Adult gamers prefer games that make them decide on something and prefer games where the manufacturer designs the game to depend on both luck and strategy, such as Monopoly and Risk. While there are many other considerations, when choosing your board game, but each game was made to keep you entertained so you can play any games.
Over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, it’s going to be impossible – unless you’re fast in flicking over the TV channel showing adverts by toy companies plugging their wares on our television screens. Speed will help prevent making promises to your kids you can’t keep. Toy adverts will have your child want every new toy out, but is it new.
My understanding of the chess learning process deepened when I started teaching a young fellow by the name of Tanraj Sohal. I learned as much by teaching him as he did, perhaps more so since he is a much more gifted player than I am. However, I had wisdom and experience on my side, and together we improved his game to the point that he won the Canadian Championship for his grade that year. To be fair, I should point out that he placed second the year before, when I was not coaching him, so I cannot take much credit for this. But I can say that I did learn a lot about learning chess!
Anand headed into a tabiya – a set of related positions – that he knows very well, when he captured the c-pawn with 3—dxc4. Carlsen took his first long think on move 4. The position resembled a Sicilian Dragon Defence – only the colours were reversed.
Round 6: Oleksienko Mikhailo (Ukr) 5.5 drew with M R Lalith Babu 5.5, SP Sethuraman 5 lost to Adly Ahmed (Egy) 5.5, Sergei Tiviakov (Ned) 5.5 bt Sundararajan Kidambi 4.5, Ankit R Rajpara 5 drew with Lintchevski Daniil (Rus) 5, Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb) 5 drew with R Arun Karthik 5, Himanshu Sharma 4.5 lost to M R Venkatesh 5.5, S Arun Prasad 4.5 lost to P Karthikeyan 5.5, Ram S Krishnan 5.5 bt Akshayraj Kore 4.5, B Adhiban 4.5 drew with Padmini Rout 4.5, T Purushothaman 4 lost Mark Paragua (Phi) 5, Alexander Fominyh (Rus) 5 bt P Priya 4, J Ramakrishna 4.5 drew with Rolando Nolte (Phi) 4.5.
Acharya says, It is far easier to train a boxer or a martial arts person to play chess than work the other way around.” He is the rare person, straight out of Enki Bilal’s imagination, to have played both chess and boxing at the state-level; he has represented Rajasthan in the welterweight division in boxing, and at the junior level in chess. It is also worth remembering that the chess required in this ‘sport’ is ‘speed chess’, not the regular kind that is strategised and played over hours.