Chess is a wonderful opportunity for learning in a mental-spiritual-physical non violent sport where disciplines necessary to life itself can be sharpened without the risk of injury. There have been world champions in their youth who won not only because they mastered chess, but were free of the cares of this world. Likewise, chess can be helpful in many ways to adults. It is a contest where your present mental-spiritual-physical condition can be tested, where lack of focus can be identified and even corrected if you will avoid one of the deadliest enemies of mankind - distractions.
Chess is a contest every family member can participate in. If your children can learn to focus on the chess board, they can learn to focus on whatever they do in life.
World chess champion Kasparov said chess is "miniature of life." It is life reduced to a board
with sixty four squares and thirty two pieces.
You can see by the numbers, it can become crowded early on in a war between the two kingdoms. One kingdom consists of sixteen white pieces, the other of sixteen black pieces. Each kindom is ruled over by a king and a Queen. From the first move to the last, the two kingdoms are in combat. Mobilizing, assaulting, capturing, retreating, escaping, trapping, counterattacking, and ultimately cornering the opponent's King in what is known as "checkmate."
Much of what a child ought to learn to become a skilled competitor also applies to the adult. "THE HEART IS DECEITFUL AND DESPERATELY WICKED," and many a player will try to distract or intimidate their opponent, sometimes boasting of how badly they are going to beat them. Train your mind and your child to avoid such unsportsmanlike conduct.
"PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL." The boaster may win because they are more advanced, but the boaster will not become much of a champion. Boasting always brings on defeat.
It is far better to "LET YOUR WORDS BE FEW" as we are all admonished to do by the Word of God. Let your "Yes," be "Yes," and your "No," be "No." The Lord says anything more than that is sin. And sin will separate you from the Light you need to win.
Virtue definitely does make a difference in competitions like chess.
The Bible contains teachings on how to live holy lives in the spiritual warfare of an oppressive world, to overcome evil with good. One of the first principles of a chess contest which can be taken from the Bible and applied to the game is: "GIVE NO GROUND TO THE ADVERSARY." This principle also translates into "DRIVE THE INVADER FROM YOUR LAND." Once your opponent has set up a piece in your territory on the chessboard, it is foolish to let him rest there as though he were harmless. Soon reinforcements will join that piece; and the kingdom will be lost. But if you cannot drive the invader from your land, be sure to set as much of a defense against him as possible.
Can you see what a wonderful tool chess can be for the family? Parents, you can use chess to teach Biblical principles that will remain with your children all of the days of their lives.
Chess masters like Arkady Geller can be found to teach promising young people.
Learning how to play chess skillfully builds confidence, encourages concentration, helps young people learn to develop strategies to fit the situation they find themselves in, and the mastering of chess promotes the setting and achieving of goals.
But just as important is the understanding of spiritual principles in "CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH" in miniaturized versions of spiritual warfare on the chess board:
"GIVE NO OPPORTUNITY TO THE ADVERSARY," in a chess contest. It's not just a game of moves. It's spiritual warfare in a miniature sense. The same spiritual principles the Apostles used to overcome evil apply to chess.
God teaches his people to think in absolutes. Give absolutely no opportunites to your opponent.
"DO THAT WHICH YOU DO WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT." Anything less than giving it all you've got is an invitation to defeat. Lack of focus on what you are doing is also a bad habit to get in to.
Chess involves a lot of calculations math wise.
One of the mathematical principles in the Bible is: "TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE." Beginners tend to attempt to assault their opponent's ranks with one piece and fail, often times losing the piece; when they could have been much more effective had they brought up another piece as a reinforcement.
In this video, a chess instructor will introduce you to how to think in choosing your
chess openings strategies in a game. As you grow in knowledge of chess, you will want
to learn the name of openings so you can know where your opponents are going with
the attack you recognize by their first moves.
Chess involves sixteen pieces working together as a unit. One piece is seldom able to do it all. "TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE, AND A THREEFOLD CHORD IS NOT EASILY BROKEN." There is an even greater chance of success in overpowering your opponent if you can bring three power pieces to bear on a vital square of the chess board.
In chess, a line of
squares pointing across the board is called a "file" and a line pointing across the
board left to right is called a "rank." When you can get two rooks free to move up
and down one of the eight files leading into enemy territory, you can wreck havoc
on your opponent's army.
"RUN THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE YOU," that you might have the kind of timing necessary to winning. Timing is important to victory. And victory on the chessboard is often a matter of whether your or your opponent is one move ahead of the other. When you have a chance to invade your opponent's territory, send in reinforcements and do it now. You will find just like life itself, opportunities are here one minute and gone the next.
"DO EVERYTHING DECENTLY AND IN GOOD ORDER." Wild assaults upon your opponent's defenses will seldom work. KEEP EVERY POSSIBLE PIECE PROTECTED. There are rare times when a piece can be used wisely without protection, but most of your chess army should protect one another throughout the battle. When a piece is in trouble, send help if possible. You are the General of an army. No general worth his salt will permit a soldier to die in vain, but there are exceptions when it is simply not feasible to send help without the loss of other pieces or when it is important for a piece to be sacrificed to gain a strategic advantage.
"NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS." Any player who allows distractions of any kind will eventually make mistakes that could have been avoided. skillful chess players are totally focused on the competition.
Children and adult beginners are going to be less skillful at first, so to compensate them for their lack of skills; a TURN THE BOARD AROUND HANDICAP is a good idea. When you get too far ahead of them in capturing pieces, let them turn the board around and take your side of the contest. In this way, they can actually win a few games and gain confidence in their abilities.
Those who master chess do so with a full time commitment to it. You cannot expect to master chess without
a full time commitment, but you can attain to a reasonable level of competition to where you can enjoy
chess. Meanwhile, it is a great educational tool for uniting a family in an activity all of you can
participate in together. Chess is not a violent sport like football, basketball or soccor. It is an
international sport you can play with others who do not speak your language. And it is a sport you can
play for the rest of your life once you learn it.