Monday, January 31, 2011

the complete chess player

"the complete chess player" is a book that describes several fundamental principles of chess:

1. centering
2. methodicality
3. security
4. orchestration
5. finish

"centering" (literally) means to control the center of the board. ..this is also an ancient tenet of war. ..when one establishes a strong center, it is easier to focus on other aspects of the game.  ..centering implies strength, stability, groundedness and self-awareness.

"methodicality" isn't a word, but it represents the basic, methodical development of resources. might appear to be boring, but the patience involved in being methodical creates future opportunity.  ..maintenance, communication lines, supply, and intelligence play a vital role in methodicality.

"security" refers to knowing your weaknesses, and minimizing their exposure. ..the king is the least maneuverable and most vulnerable piece on the board, and therefore needs to be protected. the same time, security should be woven into one's game rather than being overly-emphasized. ..after all, chess is a game, and the complete chess player understands the inherent risk in playing.

"orchestration" is my favorite aspect of the game. ..synchronized orchestration capitalizes on centering and methodicality by combining communication and connection with freedom of movement and vision to create (uh), music.

"finish" since the goal of the game is "checkmate," the complete chess player needs to be able to call upon all of his resources. this world of attack/defense/counter-attack, one must be able to anticipate the future by observing his (and his opponent's) tendencies. ..any sound plan includes the provision to change, and flexibility is one of the most important strengths of a complete chess player.

as the game ensues, principles like surprise, mass, and position determine initiative, momentum, and power.  the complete chess player uses fundamental foundation to prepave orchestration.  s/he understands that the lowliest of pawns can become the most powerful piece on the board, and s/he also understands that (at times) the best possible scenario is a draw.

the complete chess player: maybe the fun is in becoming one, rather than holding-off until being recognized as such.

maybe the result of the game doesn't mean that much.


  1. I think before playing chess, an individual must fully understand the strategies and tactics involved in the game.

  2. agreed. it probably wouldn't be fun, playing without any knowledge of the game.

    one technique is to learn from an experienced player -- one who wants to show you how to become a master. in any teaching learning situation, the teacher eventually becomes the student (and versa-vice) leading to a dance of teaching-learning experiences.

    novice, master, better, best
    it's a game of learning: chess