5 questions to ask yourself before you move

 

 

Have you ever had that moment when you realize you made a mistake, right after you made your move? You can’t believe your own eyes?! You almost feel like pulling your own hair out?! You’re not alone! It happens to the very best: Garry Kasparov blundered his queen against Viswanathan Anand in this legendary blitz game from 1996 in Geneva. We’ve all heard that every move has a consequence and one should think before to move. But how exactly? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before you make your move.

1 Are there any immediate threats from my opponent?

As a result of his or her last move, is your opponent threatening any immediate tactical combinations such as double attacks, skewers, discovered checks, deflections, trapped pieces …? Can your opponent check you and follow the check up with any of the above? Can your opponent threaten a checkmate and follow the threat up with any of the above? Can your opponent capture one of your pieces and upon recapture from your side follow up with any of the above? Can your opponent approach your king, expose your king or entice your king towards more dangerous waters?

 

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2 How did my opponent’s last move change the position?

Now it’s time to have a closer look at the chess board: observe what has happened to the position. Every move has a consequence and firstly, you want to identify the consequences of your opponent’s last move. Is there any piece of yours under attack now? Any files, ranks or diagonals that are now opened up or shut down? Which squares have become available for your pieces? Which squares are no longer available? It’s important to not only look at where the piece has moved to but also where it has moved from: what was the piece doing at it’s original square in the first place? Did (s)he create any weaknesses by leaving that square?

 

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3 What is the long term strategic plan of my opponent?

Now it’s time to ask yourself the question why: why did your opponent make this move? What’s the purpose of the move? Is (s)he planning an attack anytime soon? Maybe it’s a prophylactic move? Maybe (s)he’s just gradually improving his/her position?

Don’t trick yourself into believing that your opponent doesn’t know what (s)he is doing. Even though this might be true occasionally, you want to play every game, every move as if you’d be playing yourself.

Your opponent, your opponent, your opponent…. What about me???
Yes, in chess, it’s important to focus on the other person first. It’s almost as if you’re listening to what your opponent tells you with his/her last move. Once you have a better understanding of your opponent’s intentions, it’s time to think about your move and come with a response.

4 How can I prevent my opponent’s plan?

Again my opponent??? One more question to keep at the back of your mind before you build your own plan. After question 3, you have a better understanding of what your opponent is trying to do. Make sure that after whatever move you’re planning to make, your opponent can’t just run his plan freely without any obstruction from your part.

 

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5 What’s my biggest opportunity?

By now, you have a pretty good idea of what your opponent is trying to achieve and how you can prevent it from happening. Go through questions 1 and 3 again but from your point of view this time. This serves as the basis for forming your own plan. Plenty of ideas are coming to mind now and it’s time to make a decision: many good candidate moves but how do you select the best one? What’s my biggest opportunity? The answer might surprise you: LET IT GO! Take a deep breath, exhale slowly, follow your gut feeling and make your move!

 

 

 

Kasparov is now citizen of Croatia

Garri Kasparov, who did not return to Russia after the Russian government had harshly taken action against the opposition, was granted Croatian citizenship yesterday. Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic personally consigned the official documents.

Garri Kasparov has fought as an opposition politician against Vladimir Putin for many years and has advocated freedom of speech and democracy. Temporarily, he had been imprisoned or his engagement, bribed ‘students’ attacked him during one of his election advertisements, and he was charged for supposed bodily harm of a policeman during a mass demonstration.

In June 2013, after the Russian government had again taken extreme action against demonstrators and opposition politicians, Kasparov feared to be arrested again and therefore never returned to Russia from his stay abroad.

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In the meantime, Kasparov had applied for Croatian citizenship that was finally given to him on February 27th. Due to this occasion, he was invited by Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic to pay his premises a visit. Croatia thanked the former Chess World Champion for the support of 1991’s independence movement by granting him the country citizenship. Kasparov bought a small house close to the seaside city Makarska and has been in close relationship with the country ever since.

 

Garry Kasparov new FIDE President?

At the FIDE Congress in the Estonian city Tallinn, Garry Kasparov caused a stir once again; the former World Champion is one of the best chess players the world has ever seen and wants to continue his career as the president of the World Chess Federation FIDE.

 

Garry Kasparov wants to reform FIDE and improve financial situation

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Kasparov officially announced his candidacy in Tallinn and at the same time introduced his candidacy team. The next president of the FIDE will be elected at the Congress of the World Chess Federation in 2014 during the Chess Olympics in the Norwegian city Tromsø. In his speech, Kasparov advertised the idea of breathing new life into the organization, which includes more economic stability. The corresponding program he calls “Six Winning Moves”. The youngest Chess World Champion of 1985 wants to replace his fellow countryman Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who has been the head of the organization for 18 years now. Last one to try was Anatoli Karpow in 2012. Nominated by the German Chess Association, the former Russian World Champion had to resign in September 2010 at 55:95 votes to Ilyumzhinov’s favor.

 

Garry Kasparov’s team

The team of Garry Kasparov, who has hit the headlines as an opposition politician in Russia in the past years, has several interesting members: First of all, two possible investors stand out among the team members of the former World Champion from 1985 to 2000. These are the US-American chess patron Rex Sinquefield, who has made a name for himself as the investor of the US Chess Championships and several other tournaments, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Hamed from the United Arab Emirates. Al Hamed is the famous owner of shopping malls and hotels such as the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Hotels in Dubai or the Sheraton Khalidiya Hotels in Abu Dhabi. Above that, he initiated a program which aims to introduce chess at schools in the Emirates. Furthermore, the Belgian Jan Callewaert, cofounder and president of the “Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe”, Ignatius Leong, current FIDE secretary-general, and the South African Afrika Msimang, president of the “Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa”, are members of Garry Kasparov’s team.

 

Picture: Owen Williams

written by Michael, translated by Birthe