The Opening of Chess and Minds

The opening is a very crucial phase of chess.  The moves made in the opening can determine how the rest of the game will play out.  If one opens poorly, their opponent can gain  the advantage quickly and may hold on to that advantage for the rest of the game.   Below is a link to a website with a good chess opening index.

Mate in twenty.

The first moves that determine the opening position in chess closely correlates to the vital importance of one’s position at birth.  In chess, the two armies begin in equal positions.  This is not true for people since everybody is born with certain privileges and oppressions that come along with the various factors of their family’s identity.  This equal starting position relates not to the position, but instead an infant’s obliviousness.  A baby has no concept of a world outside of his/her own and therefore cannot place itself in a position in relation to another.  As infants grow older though, the awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of their economic/social/geographical positions grows with them (this process of babies beginning to understand their environment is what the “opening of minds” refers to).  This correlates to the first moves of the game that determine your position. 

The position of one’s family early in life strongly influences the direction of their life.  If one’s family is poorly positioned, then it will be much more diifficult for the person to overcome those inherited challenges.  For example, those born into a family of poverty will have a much harder time establishing a comfortable life than those born into wealth (probably already a comfortable life).  Similarly, the early position of pawns in a chess game can very well determine the future challenges of the game.  Using unsound openings can make a game very difficult and I know because I like playing crazy openings like the Grob (If a regular Grob isn’t crazy enough, I like playing it with 2. g5).

Another very important factor in the opening is the development of your pieces.  Usually the minor pieces are developed first (just as one’s “minor” skills are developed early).  However, sometimes the development of these pieces can be hindered by the pawns.  Translating it to the metaphor being used, the development of people’s skills can sometimes be hindered by their family and friends.  Pawns (as family and friends) can cause pieces (aka skills) to be misused and misplaced. 

I found this post very difficult for me to articulate so I’m sorry if it didn’t make much sense.  I’m going to work on it to make it clearer and organize the ideas better.  If you did understand…great!  =)

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