Chess often compiles various strategies for us which can be implemented in real life as well. So here we have got almost 30 basic chess lessons which can be imitated in real life as well.
So lets take a look at those chess lessons.
· 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.
· Play for the advantage. If you already have it, maintain it. If you don’t have it, seize it.
· 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.
· 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.
· 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.
· Don’t get stuck on the formula. A little bit of creativity and lateral thinking can often take you to new heights.
· 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.
· Play the board, not the player. Don’t target your responses at people, target what they say and do. There is a difference.
· 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.
· There is nothing more satisfying than a discovered attack: Pretending to do one thing while attacking somewhere else. Learn to play and live less obviously and on more levels. This makes you less predictable and more interesting.
· Be prepared to sacrifice material for position. Sometimes even the greatest material sacrifice can result in a winning position later on.
· 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.
· 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.
· You don’t have to be a devious swindler to win… you just have to be better.
· 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.
·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.
·Have a Plan B. And a Plan C. If none of those work, you’re probably doomed.
·Play for the middle. Don’t hold back too much, and don’t push through too early. Your opportunity will come.
·How you start a game determines how you will finish it. Play wisely.
·If an opening appears, seize it immediately.
·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.
·In the endgame, attack the King by focussing your attention on his escape squares: When you are in the final stretch, and about to win, anticipate what could go wrong and plan accordingly.
·Be flexible. It seldom goes the way you planned – adjust and continue.
·If you are feeling boxed-in, free things up.
·Where possible, trade inferior material and positions for better ones.
·The little guys on your side matter. Look after them.
·Accumulate small advantages.
Let us know in what the chess lessons relate you in your real life!