- Blog By
Mr. John Roy Bernard
The Indian Public School
July , 2021 | In Blog
Chess training is all about moving in the right direction. And so is life. That’s what makes this ancient game interesting. Invented in India during the Gupta Empire almost 1,400 years ago, it was known as “Chaturanga” meaning “The Battle of Formation” Over the centuries, changes were made by the Persians, Arabs and then ultimately by the medieval Europeans who changed the pieces’ names and appearances to resemble the English court. The modern chessboard, as we see it today, appeared first in Europe in 1090. Even the word checkmate comes from the Arabic word “Shah mat” which translates to “the king is dead” in English. Chess is called “The Game of Kings” because it was played by the nobles and kings. The second book to be ever printed in English was about chess. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves for both sides in chess is 318,979,564,000. And the shortest number of moves to achieve checkmate is just two moves. Practice is all that takes to master this piece of history.
Tips to Master this Game of Chaturanga
Chess is like body-building. If you train every day, you stay in top shape. Play as much chess as possible. You can learn from every game you play and everyone you play with. Chess is the best way of developing instincts, positional and tactical skills. Play longer games and blitz games against computers or with other humans. Read a lot about chess. There are plenty of books, blogs, videos about chess. In the long run, it’ll be helpful. Learn and practice the different checkmate techniques like pitching the rook against the king because checkmates will increase confidence. Try to resolve many chess puzzles. Learn from the grandmasters by keenly watching their game. The best chess training is sitting at a chessboard playing against yourself.
Victory or loss, whatever may come, just enjoy the game!
Magnus Carlsen – The Current Chess Champion
Magnus Carlsen, a 9o’s kid, used to celebrate every victory with an ice cream and it seems he’s still celebrating the same way. His father provided him chess training at the age of 5. Magnus showed interest in chess after he had defeated his sister. Now he is the current world chess champion. He earned the title Grandmaster at the age of 13. Officially he earned so many titles, namely: International Master, Chess Champion, World Rapid Champion, and World Blitz Champion. He won chess Oscars for five consecutive years from 2009 to 2013. Magnus also holds the record for the longest unbeaten run in classical chess. In 2020 he won the fair play Svetozar Gliotic Trophy and in 2021 he still stays World No.1. His secret of success is to play, win, enjoy and take pride in the game.
History Makers at TIPS
In life, as in chess, forethoughts win. Worldwide, there are about six hundred million people who know how to play chess. But the world has very few limited Grandmasters in it. We at TIPS take pride in the fact that Pannerselvam Iniyan, who is an Indian Chess player, was also a Tipsian. He is India’s 61st player to be awarded the title of Grandmaster by The International Chess Federation. Additionally, he was placed 4th at Andorra Open in 2017. In July 2019, he won the Commonwealth Championship. In April 2019, he made it to the Top 8 at the Dubai Open. He also bagged the second place at the Thailand Chess Festival of Pattaya and has won many more such laurels.
On the whole, TIPS facilitates a platform for all sports aspirants to learn, exhibit and grow globally.