Bring Your Party To Life - With Chess!

by David Powers

Chess isn't at all that mind-boggling. This is almost always everybody's first impression. Other than the chess pieces and the chess board itself, you need only to study the rules - in the same way you would in Monopoly. To maximize your playing experience though, you'll eventually wish to take risks and go beyond the basics. Chess was created to help military leaders internalize battle strategy; therefore, you should see yourself as a general if you intend to trump the tournament.

Relax

The most important thing is to not let the game of chess daunt you. A number of individuals become so tense during a chess game that they learn to hate chess. Chess is a recreational sport. That's all there is, yet quite a handful of players make their desire to win or their fears ruin all the fun. Tension makes it difficult to focus. When you keep your cool, you could enjoy the tournament more and you have better chances of succeeding. This is because a stress-free attitude frees your mind from anxiety.

Throw a Party

Fun and relaxation often go together. Let this idea inspire you. What you must do is borrow a pate from the nobles who once played the game. Organize a gathering. Call it a house party as you wish.

Note that the chess party is a social function. It's not so far apart from your game night or a card party. It's a party wherein a bunch of friends get together to play chess.

Set Your Mind: Fun and Chess Go Together

That chess isn't at all fun is a common perception. Or that it is a game exclusive to serious people alone. This negative perception is largely influenced by what you see in films. Many scenes involve a dusty room and a bunch of geeks crowding over a chess set. Well, what you probably mustn't forget is that chess has entertainment value. Playing chess should be a source of joy, not a chore.

Ask chess masters and they will tell you that the fun factor lies in two areas of the game. The first aspect is small but not to be underestimated: the beauty of winning. The big part of the game is investigating what is happening on the board and trying to predict what your opponent is going to do next.

Veteran players often agree that where people lose interest in the game is on the analysis bit, which they make too much a deal of, and causes stress. When you play against someone who is a really good chess player, you tend to get even more tense.

Do you know that the momentary distractions in your chess party can be beneficial to your game? The icebreaker gives you some time to clear your mind and then get back to the match with a refreshed perspective.

Although you don't get the hang of the game during the chess party, you will have had at least an opportunity to hang out with people whose company you enjoy, which is never a waste of time.