“Making The Right Moves in 2015”

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1. In chess, every move has a purpose. Life obviously cannot be lived with this much unceasing calculation, nor should we want to live it that way, but there are times when we must align our actions with a predetermined strategy, instead of bumbling through it.

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2. Play for the advantage. If you already have it, maintain it. If you don’t have it, seize it.

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3. Everyone’s playing. Sometimes it’s a friendly, often it is more serious. The problem is that not everyone knows they’re playing – even after they have made a move.

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4. Seize the initiative. If you wait around for someone else to make a decision for you, they will… and you probably won’t like how it turns out.

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5. Learn to spot patterns. There are often clearly defined lines of success that work well. Learn to see these when they repeat, and take advantage of them.

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6. Don’t get stuck on the formula. A little bit of creativity and lateral thinking can often take you to new heights.

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7. Ignore what your opponent is trying to do at your own peril. We often get so absorbed in our own games and machinations that we ignore what is going on around us. Be aware of threats and alert to opportunities.

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8. Sometimes you get stuck in a position known in chess as zugzwang: where whichever move you make is a bad one. This is just the way it goes sometimes, in chess and in life.

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9. Be prepared to sacrifice material for position. Sometimes even the greatest material sacrifice can result in a winning position later on.

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10. If you spend all of your time chasing lowly pawns, you may be on the receiving end of an opponent who cares less about small victories and more about winning the war.

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11. A threat is best met with a move that improves your own position. Don’t get trapped into mindlessly trading moves and material in anger. Sometimes the solution is more gentle and cerebral.

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12. You don’t have to be a devious swindler to win… you just have to be better.

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13. We all blunder from time to time. This does not mean we should give up and run away. Often when you’re sure there is no way out after a bad mistake, you will be given a lifeline.

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14. When someone makes a move that you cannot understand, don’t read more into it than you need to. Sometimes people just make silly moves – that’s all there is to it.

15. Have a Plan B. And a Plan C. If none of those work, you’re probably doomed.

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16. How you start a game determines how you will finish it. Play wisely.

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17. If an opening appears, seize it immediately.

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18. Don’t get pinned down. Where something more cherished cannot be brought into play because it is stuck behind something trivial, make every effort to get it into the game – as soon as possible.

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19. Be flexible. It seldom goes the way you planned – adjust and continue.

20. If you are feeling boxed-in, free things up.

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21. The little guys on your side matter. Look after them.

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22. Accumulate small advantages.

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23. There are no foregone conclusions in life or in chess.

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24. Ignore meaningless threats. Anticipate and deal with dangerous ones swiftly.

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25. Never rest on your laurels. Keep thinking, looking for new opportunities and trying to generate new ideas.

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26. Don’t be overly impressed with lofty words or titles. The only thing worse than being overly diffident towards those who outrank you, is being dismissive of those inferior to you.

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27. Keep calm and move slowly.

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28. Replace wishful thinking with action.

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29. If you lose, do so graciously and try to learn at least one important lesson.

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30. Keep your options open and always have an escape route.

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31. Surprise and impress people with unconventional moves. But not with dumb ones. Creativity always has a purpose – doing something wild and crazy just for the sake of it may be fun at the time, but ultimately has no value. Break the rules – but only if it serves a good purpose.

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32. Narrow down your choices. And then decide. Take your time, but settle on one plan of action… and then do it!

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33. Sometimes you have to sacrifice in order to achieve a break-through.

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34. Always consider the whole board when deciding on a move: decisions made with too narrow a focus are often bad.

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35. Connect your pieces cleverly. Collaboration and cooperation are the keys to success.

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36. Look beyond the obvious.

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37. Enjoy yourself.

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38. Deep and meaningful is always better than superficially pretty.

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39. If all else fails… fake it.

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Thank you babe! This was so much fun!! CliftonMacdreamy Jr Anderson

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