If a person has advanced in any field and has surpassed fate, then we should expect that she will prevail in something else. Great people are almost always cruelly suffering people of tragic fate. In geniuses, as a rule, a certain area of physical, mental or mental defect is revealed. They are very lonely, even when surrounded by a crowd.
Lonely were Kant and Beethoven, Leonardo and Nietzsche, and this list can be continued for a long time. The talk is about a man named Robert James Fisher. In the 4th top of the book “My Great Predecessors” by G. Kasparov, the section devoted to the 11th world champion Fischer is also entitled “The Single Genius”, in which, in addition to biographies, selected parties are included. To please chess lovers, one of Fisher’s best games is at the end of the article.
Boris Spassky wrote: “He does not drink or smoke, he prefers solitude. When talking with people, it seems that he dismisses them like annoying flies. Apparently he is faced with a mass of people who are unpleasant to him. He is very proud and it is difficult for him to live in modern society. And it seems to Continue reading
Perhaps there is no such a chess lover who would not want to learn how to play better, would not seek to get rid of the flaws in his game. At the same time, it seems to many that the main obstacle that prevents them from improving is a poor knowledge of the theory of openings. And yet another amateur, having obtained the long-awaited opening leadership after a long search, looks through it, sighs and … puts it on the bookshelf for a long time. In fact, if you think that it is necessary to study all the options given in such a textbook, you can be scared. Try, remember them all, where to get time for this?
Alas, there is still a naive opinion that the master therefore plays masterfully because he studied all the thick chess manuals from cover to cover. But there are many chess players of the second and third categories who know the opening theory no worse than other masters. But such a chess “scientist” of the second category will sit down to play the tournament game, and his opponent will make an unexpected move about which nothing was written in the Continue reading
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