ROUGHT WEEK; This has NOT been a good week. There are up and downs to everything I suppose; and this week saw a steady decline in the amount of time spent studying, and my results in the few chess games I have attempted.
Its days like these that bring me to deeply ponder my conviction to this sport.
WHAT is that I’m struggling so badly to seek with my chess?, WHY does this game truly matter to me? WHY do I work so Hard at this game, when it sometimes seems it entirely in vain and success eludes me?
I think the answer is to these questions is important motivation to my weekly effort to learn and grow in this hobby. Chess for me is the Quest for Clarity in thought.
INTERMISSION. Difference between a Blunder and a mistake.
So you’ve played a good line and gone along, hoping for the best and struggling to see the ramification of your moves. Then along ‘the Unexpected’ Move. Pause, perhaps a big pause… what is going on here?? Is something wrong? Of course not, you think in the calmest demeanor possible. Showing Poise and confidence you earnestly rebuke your opponents silly move- Do you want to just give me a free bishop? You mentally say. Ok- I’ll take it….
the reply is instant and sharp. Never mind poise, never mind confidence. You silly patzer- You overlooked check and every freakin piece in his posse is soon riding to rip your position to shreds!! ALAS a dreadful blunder!
Or is it? perhaps its just a mistake?? A lesson in semantics; kind of, but I think an important distinction.
Basically, If I move in a way that gives the opponent a significant advantage that he/she didn’t have happen before, this then is a blunder. On the other hand; a mistake is a move that creates or increases a weakness in our own position.
MY GOAL, put simply… Then this becomes my mission and my goal. I want to learn to play chess, such that I don’t make Blunders and I want to learn how to take advantage of a person’s weaknesses.
And the point is to gain; Poise, awareness, and discipline. But above all Clarity in thought!
In life, all things can seem right. but in chess; the Right idea can be tested and proven; provided we don’t voluntarily blunder our advantages.