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How Not to Lose Your Chess Pieces

 Hello, Chess for Children Kids. Today’s article and video is about how not to lose your chess pieces.

Do people take your pieces like a bully take lunch money?  Does your King find itself all alone fighting a vast army? Are your chess pieces unwilling to come out of their box? If this or things like these happen to you, you might not be taking sufficient care of your chess pieces.

Have no fear , Mr C. will now reveal to you his  five step system to help you not to give away your pieces. The steps are:

 1. Respect the pieces.

 2 : Know the pieces value.

3. Be prepared.

4. Look!

5. Get your mind right.

Every step can have a whole article/video on its own,(that is what we have in mind) but for now we will just cover them very lightly.

1) Respect the Chess Pieces

We should realize that when we play chess we are creating art. The more you put into it the more you will get out of it. 

Do not sacrifice pieces haphazardly. Give up material only when you have a good clear reason to do so.

2) Know the Chess  pieces value

We need to know the value of the pieces so we know when we are winning.
 Pawns = 1
Bishops = 3.25 , Knights = 3.25, Rooks = 5 , Queens = 9, and the King = the whole game.
 
Chess  pieces values can also change depending on the position. That is why we say chess values are relative.

3) Be Prepared  

We can prepare ourselves by studying the opening , middle-game and endgame.

We can also prepare by studying tactics and strategies.

4) Look! – Don’t Move Fast!

When going over the games of my students the #1 reason for them losing material is that they move too quickly.
 Some students don’t take the time to really look at all the possibilities of a given position.
They speed through their analysis like its a race. There are many reasons why a student may do this. Here are just a few:
1) Carelessness
2) Fearfulness
3) Tiredness
4) Boredom
5)They are distracted
6) or they are in time trouble.
If you find yourself moving too fast you might want to try a few of these suggestions:
1) Realize that chess is an art and as in most discipline you get out of it what you put into it.
2) Relax the mind works best when it’s at ease
3) Use a checklist: Go through a simple checklist of what you should look over such a hanging pieces, forks, pins, strategies, etc. This will slow you down and encourage deeper thinking.
4) Eat or drink something
5) When you get distracted, stop recenter and start your calculations over.
6)  Take your time. Don’t rush
7) Don’t get into time trouble

All of these tips could have their own video and we will address them all in future videos but for now just keep them in mind if you find yourself emulating Speedy Gonzalez.

5) Get Your Mind Right!

Chess is a sport and as in all sports the person who has control of himself has a great advantage over the opponent who doesn’t.

The five areas where we should pay special attention are:

1) Keep perspective over winning and losing.

When we win we fill wonderful but losing is also an opportunity to learn. We learn then grow and in the end that’s what it is all about. When we win at chess we win and when we lose we also win because we have learned something.

2) Be honest.

When we look at a chess position we should be objective and honest about what we saw and our plans. We should evaluate each position as honestly as we can and don’t try to cover up our mistakes. That is how we learn from the mistakes of others and ourselves. Mistakes give us to opportunity to get better and grow as a player.

3) Concentration.

Chess-players have been known to perform great feats of concentration. Chess-players have actually been able to tap into higher levels of brain waves. Enjoy the search for truth and give it a strong effort, it is healthy, revitalizing and aesthetically pleasing. It is the reason that we all love to play this game.


4) Relax

 The fact that the mind works best when relaxed is a scientific fact. We are happier, more creative, and mentally satisfied when solving complex problem. When looking for depth we get farther in a relaxed state then in a tense or stressed one. Relax in your game and see your results improve.

5) Keep emotions in check. 

Chess is an emotional game as well as a mental one.We have many emotions when we play a game, happiness, sadness, tension, stress, anger, disappointment, elation and misery are but a few. Emotions are good if we can use them to spur us on to greater achievement. If we can make them ask us to do more. The problem lies in us letting them get the better of us. Letting them cloud and color what is really happening objectively at the board. Monitor yourself, if you feel to emotional, stop recenter yourself and continue with the game.

To sum everything up:

Mr C’s 5 steps for not losing are pieces are
1)Treat he Pieces with respect
2) Know the value of the pieces
3) Be Prepared
4) Look!
5) Get Your mind right
If you follow these suggestions I am sure you and your chess pieces will both be happier.

 How not to lose your chess pieces video

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