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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chess And Life.

Pin It People learn how to play chess at different ages, but most frequently when they are children or teenagers. They become very keen and spend al their spare time playing. Then for some the attraction lessens, whereas for other their love of the game increases all the time. It is from the latter group that we normally get our first-category players and then our candidate masters and masters.

What should a teenager do when he has gained the title of candidate Master? After all, life demands that he fulfil his obligations to study and work. Where does chess fit in? Considerable experience shows that chess does not get in the way of these obligations. It is not difficult to combine a very strong attraction to chess with work and study. My own experience was that chess did no harm my studies at school and in college, and even proved to be helpful as it played a part in developing habits of logical thought.

Can chess be a profession ? Once, in bulgaria, an orchestra conductor asked Bondarevsky, 'Tell me, grandmaster, do you have a profession?" Bondarevsky smiled an in his turn posed the question, 'Do you?' The conductor realised that his question had not been very tactful, and apologised.

We are firmly of the opinion that a person can devote all his efforts to the game all his life Chess has come to deserve this. As Botvinnik put it, 'Chess is no whit inferior to the viloline, and we have a large number of professional violinist .' At the same time, however, I wish to warn the young reader that when he is taking his first steps in the big world he should not give up his work and studies for the sake of concentrating on chess alone.

How often have I come across those so-called 'unrecognised' talents. What a pitiful sight they are! The only correct approach is to combine work with chess activities. Only when you get the fullest recognition and become a grandmaster can you devote yourself entirely to the art of chess. Even then the decision demands serious thought; it is still far from easy to have the fate of you and your family dependent upon the hazards of tournament play. Moreover, there are a number of players who are able in one way or another to continue to follow their chosen profession and yet still manage to achieve excellent results in tournaments.

The factor of success.

The following comment by World Champion Alekhine is well known; 'I consider that there are three factors necessary for success. Firstly, an understanding of one's strengths and weaknesses; and finally a higher aim than passing satisfaction. I see this aim as the desire to achieve those scientific and artistic values which put chess on a par with a number of other arts.

Let us consider these three factors, starting with the last one. The reader will doubtless understand what is mean. I have had occasion to se just the opposite when in a Pioneer Palace the player giving a simultaneous exhibition has put a piece en prise His young opponent, eager for the win, captures it and gets high praise from the resident trainer. That could hardly be called high aim. But we do know the service rendered to the game by such outstanding players as Riumin, ragozin and Simagin, for whom the quality of the game they were playing was a more important factor than the result. This is where they saw the true significance of their endeavours, and theirs is the example which we should all follow.