==== ====Check this site out if you want to play chess onlne:http://stansco.com/netchess/?hop=annafan196==== ====Welcome to my article on the secret of chess. Chess is a very popular recreational andcompetitive game. It is one of the great mind games which our ancestors have invented. Thecurrent form of the game emerged in Southern Europe during the second half of the 15th centuryafter evolving from similar, much older games of Persian and Indian origin. Today, chess is one ofthe worlds most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide in clubs, at home, bycorrespondence, online, and in tournaments. This is the variant Im talking about today.I wanted to talk about the much-discussed "secret of chess". So, how do we solve this seeminglysimple recreational and competitive game, played on a square chequered chessboard with 64squares arranged in an eight-by-eight square between two players? The answer of course, is notthat easy to find, however in my constant practice and research, I believe I have found at least oneanswer.There are many possible hypotheses for the "secret of chess". I will give my opinion on some ofthe myths I think are busted (Im not sure if theres a reference there to some TV show there) andwhich hypotheses I think are plausible.1. Computers will solve the game of chess.Computers are strong opponents and the best analyse many millions of positions per second (e.g.Rybka), however, simply look at the statistics - there are 318,979,564,000 possible ways to playthe first four moves of chess. In addition, Americas Foundation for Chess found that there were169,518,829,100,544,000,000,000,000,000 ways to play the first ten moves of chess. For acomputer to solve the game of chess, it would have get through every possibility for a wholegame, and it would also have to assess every single position correctly.On another note, if a computer solves the game of chess, a person could not possibly rememberwhat to do against any possible move in order to beat someone - its just too difficult. The use ofcomputers to try to solve the game of chess is inefficient, see hypothesis number 4 for a better useof computers.Assessment: Busted.2. Secret of Chess: Maximise the opportunities for your opponent to make mistakes.In a 2003 article concerning the worlds strongest nonagenarian (the strongest active player inchess in the world aged ninety or older), the authors gave a possible answer. The information wasprovided by writers Neil Sullivan and Yves Casaubon. The strongest nonagenarian inChessBases opinion at the time was Arkadiy M. Gilman (rated FIDE 2237 in 2003), who hails
from Russia and lives in Canada.Anyway, in the analysis to "Gilman,A - Grondin,J [D02], Le Bolduc II - A Montreal CAN (6),08.10.2003", which was a win for Gilman is 23 moves, the authors subtly slipped in the secret ofchess. In my opinion, this is the best practical way to utilise one secret of chess. By allowing youropponent to make mistakes, you can exploit their inaccurate moves. And by maximising theirpossibility of making mistakes, you have more opportunities to exploit them.One way this can be utilised is through opening preparation. By surprising your opponent at theboard, your opponent will likely not react with the best response and theres a chance he will slip.Of course, you cannot count on this happening.Assessment: Plausible.3. Secret of Chess: Dress like a grandmaster and you start to play like oneThis is my personal favourite. GM Nigel David Short MBE is often regarded as the strongestBritish chess player of the 20th century. He became a Grandmaster at the age of 19, and becamechallenger for the World Chess Championship against Garry Kasparov at London, 1993. Still anactive player, Short continues to enjoy international successes. He is also a chess coach,columnist and commentator.After an extraordinary comeback in 2008s Commonwealth Chess Championship, Nigel Shortsaid, "Anyway, I was struggling at this point. I obviously couldnt play like a grandmaster, so Idecided that I should at least dress like one. I started putting a suit and tie on, although everyonetold me it was too hot. But it apparently put me in the right frame of mind. I think I am a bit of asluggish starter, and in this way I managed to dig myself out of the hole."It could be that the formalness of dressing with a suit and tie can put someone in the "right frameof mind". Just see from Nigels games in the tournament.Anyway, heres a snapshot of the crosstable:1 Short,N 2655 9.5/112 Ganguly,S 2631 9.0/113 Hossain,Enam 2489 8.5/114 Arun Prasad,S 2492 8.0/115 Sengupta,D 2454 8.0/11Now I have my own experience with this hypothesis. Recently I played in the Australian SchoolsTeams Championships and our team scored 19.5/20 (it was a four-player vs. four-player matchsystem) against tough opposition. We were all in full uniform with tie and blazer. So thishypothesis worked well for me.
Assessment: Plausible.4. Secret of Chess: Analysing your games using computers and having access to millions of chessgames for preparation and general study purposes.This is a logical "secret", but one which was subconsciously so obvious to me that I forgot to put itin my draft to this article! It has long been said that the key to improvement is to analyse yourchess games. This was stressed out in a whole book called The Road to Chess Improvement byAmerican GM Alexander Yermolinsky (2000). Additionally, the concept of thoroughly studying yourown games is also discussed and strongly recommended in many other pieces of chess literature.Perhaps GM Edmar Mednis said it best, "playing without a concurrent critical review of ones skillswill simply get you nowhere."It is now the computer age and it is quite typical to use a chess database program to store andanalyse your games. This is where ChessBase is the world leader in chess software andinnovation. Their Fritz and ChessBase interfaces (which have little differences between eachother) are the most comfortable chess database programs I have had the pleasure to use. Theyprovide the perfect "aquarium" for your chess study and analysis.Having access to millions of chess games through the Fritz database or a "Mega Database" (aChessBase product purchased separately from Fritz) is also essential for study and preparation.Players can survey the new developments of their favourite opening systems by examining recentgames and they can prepare for their opponents by looking up the database. This fairly obvious"secret" can be employed by both the world champion or by your budding next door neighbour.Assessment: Plausible.5. Secret of Chess: Chemistry.When asked, "What is the secret of success for this US Womens Olympiad Team?" Zsusza"Susan" PolgÃ¡r replied, "For one, chemistry." She also noted, spending "a lot of time together"with the team, working hard, learning to "know each other well", having a "team captain and ahead coach that also know and understand" them, and having a "good chief theoretician".In late 2004, the US womens team made history at the Chess Olympiad by capturing silver, thefirst ever Olympic medal for the United States. The player and driving force behind this successwas Susan Polgar, who came out of a seven-year hiatus with a stunning performance.When playing on a team, its important to have chemistry with the other members of your team.Knowing each others style of play and continually encouraging one another is important. Iexperienced this in the Australian Schools Teams Championships, as well as other internationalevents.Assessment: Plausible.6. Secret of Chess: Have enough coffee in the house.In 2004, third place of the qualifier for the Canarias en Red Internet Chess Festival went to Chess
Today author GM Mikhail Golubev who has told his readers the secret to success in thesePlaychess events was to "have enough coffee in the house". Apparently, he was out of the"sustaining brew" and lost a previous ACP Inaugural. In this tournament, he had plenty and wasrewarded with a fantastic Buchholz to easily qualify for the finals.Ive always liked to drink at the board, although not coffee in particular. I have experimented withdrinking Milo, Sustagen, Up&Go and Multi-V at the board (Im not sure if these brands arenative to Australia). Many of these work well as they wake you up at the chessboard game. I knowIM Jeremy Silman has recommended apple juice and chewing on ginseng.Assessment: Plausible.7. Secret of Chess: XiangQiWhat is the reason for the remarkable success of Chinese players in international chess?According to Prof. David H. Li it is due to the fact that they are all experienced in XiangQi, thecombative and fast Chinese version of the game.According to the professor, "When one is accustomed to playing a game with a highermanoeuvrability ratio, one has an advantage in playing a game with a lower manoeuvrability ratio.Moreover XiangQi introduces synergy into your thinking process and playing style. By broadeningyour horizon, you start to think more creatively; by improving your grasp of spatial relationship, youare visualizing more dynamically; and by deepening your analytical skill, you play moreimaginatively." Of course, there is more. Simply check out the article about XiangQi and chess.I also played XiangQi when I was younger, shortly before I started learning chess. I had some flairfor the game and I liked to play it against my grandfather. Sometimes I played it online, but Ihavent played in years and I dont recall ever playing it while I was playing "international chess".Im planning to re-learn the game and play it online occasionally. Ive always thought, havinglearned it before I learned the rules to international chess, that it has helped me in developing mychess skills.Assessment: Plausible.So these are the hypotheses I put forward to you. You can decide which ones have merit andwhich ones are totally busted, and I have given my own opinion on all of them. If you have learnedsomething useful today, I would have done my job.Zhigen Lin is a chess player. You can check out his website at http://chess.geniusprophecy.com/Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Zhigen_Lin
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