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“On the interaction of figures”
The goal of a chess game is to checkmate the opponent’s king. But not one of the figures alone can achieve this goal, not even the all-powerful queen. As in…

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“On the interaction of figures”

The goal of a chess game is to checkmate the opponent’s king. But not one of the figures alone can achieve this goal, not even the all-powerful queen. As in all other operations conducted on a chessboard, a coordinated action of the pieces, their harmony, and interaction are necessary here. Understanding how such an interaction arises is extremely important for chess players of any level. We will try to disclose the content of this extremely important concept.

Take a look at the initial position of the figures. Enemy forces lined up in two lines against each other. Between the enemy camps a large neutral strip. Everything is quiet, everything is calm – no one is threatening anyone, and so far he cannot threaten.

However, in the initial position you can find some very specific contacts, and hence the interaction between the pieces and pawns of the same camp. Firstly, pawns cover the pieces behind them from future attacks by enemy pieces. Secondly, the pieces, at least once, protect (support) these pawns, while protecting each other. These contacts – cover and support, of course, play a positive, but so far defensive Continue reading

“Calculation of options”

During tournament and match games, a chess player only in rare, exceptional cases performs a combination, more often he analyzes the positions and evaluates them, after which he draws up a game plan. But he’s engaged in calculating options for almost all the time allotted for the game: sometimes it’s a short “run” over a number of small options, but at some points in the game it can be a complicated set of mutually connected options.

Calculation of options is a review of their possible moves and the opponent’s responses to the nearest segment of the game. Indeed, when we think about a move, we evaluate our own possible moves and look for the opponent’s answer. We try to embrace as many moves as possible and consider the largest number of answers to the proposed moves. The ability to conduct calculations widely, analyzing the greatest number of possibilities, and at the same time far – to the greatest possible number of moves forward determines to a large extent the skill of the chess player.
An important circumstance is the control clock. A strictly limited time is given to think over the moves and options, so you need to take care not only Continue reading

Chess – how is the game useful and what does it develop?

The human brain is no different from our body and is capable of mental training and building “mental muscles”. Chess in this case is a universal simulator, which has no analogues in terms of its effectiveness. A feature of the game is that it acts immediately on two human hemispheres, forcing the use of gray matter to the maximum. Consider the benefits of playing chess in more detail.

Game features
Chess is a game with a centuries-old history, which is distinguished by a complex multi-layer logic and an extraordinary game world that works according to strict laws. However, the advantage of the game is that in most cases these laws can be violated (this is not about the rules of chess), as a result of which the offender gets a victory. The phenomenon of chess is the development of non-standard thinking. Continue reading

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