Sunday, February 17, 2013

Competitive Chess Training Part 7 - Advanced to Semi-Professional

Last article I discussed one of the more abstract and often disputed concept of the difference between an amateur and advanced player. As it turns out, the difference between the 2 simply comes down to move intention. Okay, simple enough... so what about the difference between a "advanced" player and the proclaimed "semi-professional"? Well, quite simply the idea is the same but lets examine the 2 players specifically.

The advanced player can look at a given move and dissect it's purpose for something else. Take moving furniture for example. To the "amateur", it's a good idea to move the table in front of the couch because it allows you to place your drinks and food on the table while watching the TV in front of you. Not necessarily bad thinking, but there's obviously more to table placement... believe it or not.

An advance table mover is aware of a few more thoughts of the table placement. How much room is available for people to walk around it? How high is the table compared to the couch (if it's too tall it may be better placed somewhere else in the room)? What kind of table design is it?

Well... that can be a lot to think about. There are obviously more I can go into detail about. So with that understood, what kind of thoughts goes into a semi-professional? Well, lets examine our examples a little more closely.

The kinda of thoughts an advanced mover put to play were multiple tangible and intangible ideas that lived within a specific period of time. But what if a couple years later the furniture needs to be replaced or moved again? as you can see this is going from the 3 dimensional view to a 4 dimensional view (time). An advanced decision suits a very specific and particular instance at an in-depth level. The semi-professional decision nurtures over time. It's suited for long-term existence. If something has to change... it should have minimal impact on the entirety of the room. 

I use the furniture moving as an example because it's something most people can relate to and it involves similar ideas of moving chess pieces. A knight being on a particular square can suit a particular situation as well as serve a long term purpose. 

Hopefully, this example was an eye-opener. Like anything it will take lots of practicing and time so keep at it. Happy chessings!

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