Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
in How To, Values
For whatever reasons neither my family members nor my friends played chess. I learned to play chess in my thirties when my elementary-school-aged daughter learned to play in school.
Having played at least a few games a year I’ve learned a lesson or two about myself as well as about chess.
I think the forethought and decision making principles that we use in chess can help slow down the natural impulses of teens.
Q – How can an impatient person teach impulsive teens to think through chess moves?
A – I’ve listened and learned from others.
Here are some chess tips by Eric Bana I hope to apply today:
Develop quickly w knights & Bishops; knights first.
Castle early & prevent opponents castle (ie. Bc5 to block kingside castle)
Develop kingside first
Don’t block in your own bishops
DON’T move a piece twice
Develop rooks to open files
Beware of taking wing pawns early, it slows development
Capture towards the center
Double rooks on open lines
Knights are strongest in closed games
Bishops are strongest in open games
Control the 7th rank with a rook to take pawns and traps the king on the 8th rank
Move the king to the center of the board
Create passed pawns
Opposite color bishops=draw
Get pawns on opposite color of your opponent’s bishop