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wschmidt 85 ( +1 | -1 )
Novice Nook #64 "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?"

Pardon me, it just came to mind.

We're coming up on a holiday in the US so I'm filing this post early - I'll be traveling to Arizona on Friday. The Novice Nook article this week is called "The Principle of Symmetry. It starts with an excellent list of general principles and then discusses them in the context of symmetry and imbalances. Here's one of the guidelines (one I had not heard before):

"If you win a pawn (not "accept a gambit"!) before either side has castled, it is usually better to castle on the same side as your opponent. If you lose material in the opening try to castle on the opposite side."

Interesting stuff. Here's the link:

And Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating tomorrow! ws
ccmcacollister 148 ( +1 | -1 )
Happy Thanksgiving ... to you and yours also Walt~!
These days whenever someone starts talking of "imbalances", I'm forced to bring to mind Silman and his books. I have Amateurs Mind (which I did like quite a lot, except for what seemed to me a bit excessively draconian attitude toward some of his pupils; I sometimes found myself expecting to hear "Off with his head~!" during discussion of mistakes :) ... in which his central focus is about imbalances. Finding them, creating more, and exploiting them. Etc.
So it just interested me to see this author, Dan Heisman, using the same terminology, but placing a different emphasis on the implementation of the concept.
Whereas Silman frequently drives home the idea that his students upon determining the imbalances in a position should strive, above all, to increase the extent and effectiveness of their own advantages and seek to exploit them, while responding "out of plan" only to handle the most pressing attempts of the opponent to significantly increase his own advantageous factors (If I understood him correctly. Basically saying not to let the opponent dictate the game, nor become only responsive to the opponents ideas, rather to be pursuing your own plan at every opportunity, unless forced to react to a real threat) .
Conversely, Heisman does advise minimizing the opponents advantageous imbalances when possible, especially when you are already winning or in favorable positions. It just interested me to see his more prophylactic attitude in this regard.
Happy Thanksgiving to All~!
cascadejames 61 ( +1 | -1 )
Happy Thanksgiving Column 64 presents mostly new ideas for me. In fact some of them were "don't know squared." :-)
In other words, not only did I not know about the concept; I didn't know that I didn't know. So this particular column is going to warrant some study on this long weekend. Thanks again Walt, and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

I was going to go post a simple "Happy Thanksgiving" message in each of my games, but then I looked and discovered that all ten games were against people outside the US and Canada. So I am pondering whether to write a message that is not so brief and cryptic.
ionadowman 35 ( +1 | -1 )
That... ... was a very interesting and informative article! I've never read anything quite like that before (with the possible exception of Bill Hartston's "how to Improve Your Chess" (or some such title)), yet it accords with my own attitude to play (for the most part!).
I always find Heisman very readable and engaging.
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