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.