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11 June 2011

The Math In Chess

In the game of chess that involves a ruthless battle between minds, a chessplayer’s strategy and tactics does require a certain mastery of logic and mathematics when considering between one's command over chess pieces, time and position.  As similar in life, the ability to critically think on your own is absolutely necessary in chess, when devising the sequential deployment of distinctive chess pieces that are uniquely designed to capture the opponent’s ‘‘King’’.  In aiming to do so, the beauty of the ordeal lies in how creatively and simply that the chessplayer may achieve this either from the start, during the middle or towards the ending of the game.  Nevertheless, the brilliant execution of each stage will indeed make the next one be much easier.          

While some carelessly play their chess pieces for an immature offensive, it is the element of sacrifice which although is difficult to undertake, would actually turn out to be the ultimate ‘piece of art’ for total victory in the end.  This is because when chess players sacrifice a chess piece of a higher value for a significantly lower one, it would definitely trigger the opponent in a combination of anticipated moves that would then bring the overall tactical advantage to those cunningly making the sacrifice.  Hence when the opponent’s motives become increasingly obvious throughout the game, this will then further expose their chess pieces to progress only in a more deadly and self-destructive manner that merely reflects their desperation or ‘’Zugwang’’.

The crucial ‘‘central control’’ in a chess match, is all about the ability to gain tempo and space across all the key positions of a chessboard.  In ancient times when this game was developed with the intent of teaching battle strategies, playing chess remains fairly accurate in mirroring our strengths of instinct and skill in overcoming defeat.  While eventually skills can be learned, it is more important to ensure that chessplayers are able to harness their instincts to the point of being able to exert control over the center, without their chess piece having to physically occupy it.  Because other than the danger of a stalemate, it is certain that ‘’one King will stand to see the other in checkmate’’.       

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