Sunday, December 30, 2012

Secret of Success in Chess

In Chess, one should be able to think and analyse for both sides.

Not only should you plan for yourself, but also pay attention to your opponent's plans.

Paraphrasing Henry Ford liberally, to arrive at something relatable to Chess,
"The Secret of Success lies in the ability to see your opponent's plans as clearly as your own."


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Analysis in Chess

In Chess, Analysis is the Key. How deep and wide one can analyse on the board sets apart the Master from the Amateur.

"Playing sharp variations, in middle game, without deep, thorough analysis is like fighting Lord Voldemort blindfolded."


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sacrifices in Chess

In Chess, Sacrifices are integral and intriguing; but are also dangerous.
As interesting as a good sacrifice can be, equally unattractive is a bad one.

"Be vigilant when you sacrifice, for the very act might pave way for your fall."

- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Castling in Chess

In Chess, the general rule is to castle early. But there are exceptions to this rule, as all rules have. Delay castling, at times, if the position permits.

When you delay the castling you can assess and plan better. Also, castling early may attract some forceful attack on your King, at times.

So, "Castle when you must; not when you can."

- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Opening Preparation in Chess

Opening Preparation is necessary if one wishes to reach some place significant in the field of chess.

It might not always get you win after win, but it will at least give you more time to think in the middle-game, where the result of the battle is often decided.

- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Advantage in Chess

Sometimes in Chess you need to give away your material advantage for some other type of advantage. You must let go of one thing to secure another.

All you need to do is to weigh the options, before you transform your advantage.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Regret in Chess

When you analyse your Chess game after the play, you discover some missed opportunities; some moves which, if played, could have saved the game or could have made you win.

Regretting for your wrong decisions is not going to change anything. You can just make an effort to analyse and play your games better in the future.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Playing White in Chess

When you are handling the White pieces in Chess, you are given the chance to dictate the game. You could have the centre; you could castle first; you could break the centre first; you could gain space etc.,

But if you don't utilize your initial edge of playing the first move, you are not playing White, in real terms.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Prerequisites in Chess

In addition to the acquisition of knowledge of the intricacies of Chess, a player should be well rested with adequate sleep, consume healthy food in moderation and drink plenty of water, during the tournament days, for effective function of the brain.


Failing these steps is like walking intentionally towards failure.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Losing in Chess

Losing is hard; that holds true for any competition/game including Chess. What matters is what you take away from your loss.


Remember, "To win is not always success; to lose is not always failure".


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Patience in Chess

Patience is vital in Chess.


When you are playing defensive, you just have to wait patiently for your opportunity to arrive. When it does, just utilize it. Thus Patience pays off.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Passivity in Chess

In Chess, having a passive position is not the same as having a lost position.


As long as you can defend, it is worth playing. No one knows when the fate might twist.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Active Pieces in Chess

In Chess Endgame, the side having the active pieces is infinitely better.


The side with tied-down pieces shall watch the game crumble slowly, with little to nothing to do about it.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Material Gain in Chess

In Chess, sometimes the best outcome of an attacking play is only a small material advantage. But it is enough for winning, at most times.


Don't try to get more out of your attack when you can't.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chess Openings

In Chess Openings, the primary goals are
  • Development of the Pieces
  • Securing a safe square for the King and
  • Connecting the Rooks.


If you are equipped to handle the middle-game how you open the game doesn't matter much.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mistakes in Chess

In Chess, when playing in complicated positions, a single miscalculation can be fatal and decides the result of the game often.


Make sure you don't make such error; and if by fate your opponent slips-up, capitalize on it.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Equality in Chess

In the game of Chess, there comes a time when all you can achieve is equality; and your opponent offers a Draw.

Accepting the equality and settling for a half point is the safe and optimal path to choose.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Retreat in Chess

In Chess, sometimes the only good option is to retreat.


Changing plans and strategies mid-play is vital to seize control of the game.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chess against Amateurs

When playing against Amateurs, navigating the game towards an unknown territory is useful.
It assists you in gaining knowledge yourself; also it will perplex your opponent, to an extent.


But if you are not comfortable wandering the unknown zone, stick to what you know best.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Good Chess Player

Being a good Chess player takes knowing your opponent; His strengths, weaknesses and everything in between.


If you don't know your opponent's game, you should know your own game damn well.


- Randy Alstone @ Sa. Kannan.