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8 Elul 5764 - August 25, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Home and Family

The Right Moves
by Rosally Saltsman

I have been recently engaging in games of chess with my almost 13-year-old son. It helps distract me from the bar mitzva preparations. Although I like the game, I almost always lose. I don't mind, because playing chess helps hone the mind and keep you on your toes. I've been learning through watching, though, and I must admit I'm getting better. Now it takes my son longer to beat me. I've also learned some valuable lessons that are applicable to life.

Rule #1: Keep sight of the big picture. Before every move, it's important to look at the whole board and see how the position of every piece will be affected by the next move. Every move changes the dynamics of the board and the whole board has to be considered before changing that dynamic.

Rule #2: Plan ahead. You have to have a strategy, a game plan. This isn't a game of chance.

Rule #3. Have more than one game plan. The best strategy won't work if your opponent does something unexpected. You need to be flexible and have a Plan B, C or D based on the moves of the other player. Flexibility and quick thinking are very important.

Rule No. 4. Think before you act. Consider your next move carefully. If you act too impulsively, it could cost you dearly.

Rule #5. You have to take the initiative. Defending your own pieces and keeping yourself safe is not enough. You have to actively pursue your goal, otherwise you will eventually lose.

Rule #6. Don't take it too seriously. It's just a game, so enjoy it. Even if you don't win, you improve with each game and you learn a few lessons along the way.


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