The game gives us the satisfaction that Life denies us. And for the Chess player, the success which crowns his work,   the great dispeller of sorrows, is named ‘combination’.
Emanuel Lasker

Never too old

Some hobbies can never become obsolete or out of fashion. It is like a good story that is never too old to be told twice. Too few entertainments are as old as chess. It had developed from an ancient Hindu strategy practice called “chaturanga” back over 1500 years. Later in centuries, Arabs brought it to Europe and introduced it to the kings as a precious exercise in strategy and war planning. Since that time chess has changed some rules and figures but it has not lost its fascinating appeal to people’s mind.

Check Mate Sunset
Photo by ᴊᴀᴄʜʏᴍ ᴍɪᴄʜᴀʟ / Unsplash

Can you chess?

Chess is a universal hobby for young and experienced, men and women, wealthy and poor, of high and low social position, for friends and strangers; it’s understandable to all nations on all continents, available for playing indoors and outdoors in a rich variety of scale. As well, it can be enjoyed in solitude and in silence. This is one of the cheapest hobbies ever able to bring you a fortune in the end. History knows several life stories of slums dwellers from the third world who due to their chess hobby earned global acclaim and were able to lift from poverty.

Not long ago chess world championships used to keep tied to the scene of action millions of chess fans globally. In our digitalized world people play chess through the countries and continents via internet on virtual platforms.

Chess as a life coach

Chess has been known as an extremely useful game for teaching life skills. It usually takes up to a week to remember the rules and moves and learn playing but requires long time patience and concentration to master. But the pains are rewarding for the favorable impact on mental abilities of a player as chess increases the brain’s analytical thinking and concentration ability. Benjamin Franklin noted this as back as in the 18th century. “Chess teaches foresight by having to plan ahead, vigilance by having to keep watch over the whole chess board, caution by having to restrain ourselves from making hasty moves, and finally, we learn from chess the greatest maxim in life – that even when everything seems to be going badly for us we should not lose heart, but always hoping for a change for the better, steadfastly continue searching for the solutions to our problems.”

Photo by Vlad Sargu / Unsplash

Playing chess you get to know yourself: your own strengths and weaknesses and apply them accordingly to the daily life.

Not to be checked and checkmated

If you’ve decided chess is you cup of tea, here are some key principles you should remember.

  1. Chess is a game of the mind and clever calculation but not about moving the chess pieces on the board. Think before you make your move.
  2. You can’t restart a chess game. You need to continue through good and bad positions.
  3. Have a plan in mind when you play.
  4. Keep your King safe at all cost. Prevent it from getting check and checkmate.
  5. Think well before you trade and capture pieces.
  6. Sacrifice pieces carefully, each one is precious to you and you’ll need them to checkmate.
  7. Do not make chess moves on impulse.
  8. Set values for your chess pieces to better prioritize your moves.
  9. Always watch your opponent’s moves and try to predict the next.
  10. 10.Control the center of the chessboard as this will give you enough space to move.

Chess resources:

Dot.coms

Nowadays it is easy to start playing chess, as there are numbers of free resources for getting started. The top solution is the Internet.  Websites like chess.com, chesstempo, lichess etc. provide the training of the right tactics for the game.
You Tube

There are many options of YouTube channels out there than you can choose from to learn chess. To get started with chess find a good channel on YouTube that has a presenter who speaks clearly in a language you can understand better. The channel should also have teaching styles that you would be enjoyable to you. Depending on the level of expertise of your game channels like MatoJelic, Dereque Kelly, the Backyard Professor, St Louis Chess club and IM John Bartholomew can be suitable to give the skills for the game.
Online battles

One more solution is related to the experience of real players who that record their games online. These games can be very enlightening as they bring the different tactics to your attention, in a way you never imagined before. Some of the channels you can go through which contain recorded online games include
Chess24 YouTube with game videos from GM Jan Gustafson and GM Peter Svidler.
Chess explained YouTube channel with Christof Sielecki’s online games which have concrete ideas for moves.

Online chess engines
Online chess games can be a great way to get started with chess. You can play the game on regular basis and choose the time of your preference. Lichess and chess24.com are two online platforms that are popular and stable to play. On first one, you can analyze your game freely on the cloud without having to preserve them locally then running them on your engine for analysis.

Train with the pros
To be a master you’ve got to train with the masters and there is no better way to gain chess experience than playing with the experts. This will give you a firsthand encounter of the game and will directly be able to learn the moves of your opponents to give you better understanding about the game. Actually, the sources for getting started with chess can be endless as it is a limitless cerebral game and one that can give you hours and years of enjoyment