On Chess

“When you see a good move, look for a better one”  ― Emanuel Lasker
“When you see a good move, look for a better one”
― Emanuel Lasker

A few days ago I decided to learn how to play chess. Not exactly. Actually I decided to improve my chess playing abilities. I have played on and off for many years but I’m practically a beginner.

So I set out to learn. First I downloaded a good chess program called Arena. Then I looked for some books on how to play the game like a master- from the masters themselves.

Bobby Fischer- an American chess prodigy and one of the best chess players to ever live
Bobby Fischer- an American chess prodigy and one of the best chess players to ever live

I got some books from Lasker, who was world champion for more than two decades, a good one called “Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess” by Bobby Fischer- the eccentric American who was the first true American World Champion, and one called “Logical Chess Move by Move” by Irving Chernev.

Chernev’s writing style is captivating. I especially like the quotes concerning typical moves by past chess greats.

“The game cannot better be opened than by advancing the e-pawn two squares”

-Philidor (as reproduced in Logical Chess by Irving Chernev)

I know I won’t become a grandmaster or anything but I’ll certainly enjoy this new hobby. Chess, is indeed, a great game. It forces me to think in ways I never believed possible.