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Chess

Foresight of the future wins the day.

 

I'm in love with chess. Chess always intrigues me. It's like war, but there's peace. It's the planning of the future, but it happens so quickly, and it's an art form, but there are no brushes or paint.

 
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The History

If you had told me that at the age of 6, I would learn through chess via a birthday party, I wouldn't believe you. Yet, against all odds, that's what exactly happened. I went to a friend's birthday party and got a chess set as a return present. At that point, it started intriguing me, so I went to YouTube and started to search for chess tutorials. I devoured all of those videos, and yet after my viewing experience, I was hungered for more chess. I started playing small friendly matches with my dad, and even with about 1 hour of experience, I was good at the game.

Now, whenever I entered a library or a bookstore, my mind was subconsciously searching for more chess books. I had a hunger for it, a mad desire to learn more. Then, one day, it finally happened, on an annual trip to India. I found a book describing many elite chess strategies in detail, and only then was my extreme longing for chess completed. I was enraptured and eager, and sure enough, my skills radically improved from then. I started regularly winning against my dad, and my parents recognised my talent. They took me to a chess training club, and soon, I progressed into 1 to 1 classes with a grandmaster. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

My Favourite Players

March 1943 - January 2008

Bobby Fischer

Robert James Fischer was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. A chess prodigy, at age 13 he won a game which was dubbed "The Game of the Century". I like him because he played chess aggressively and imaginatively.

November 1936 - June 1992

Mikhail Tal

Mikhail Tal was a Soviet Latvian chess player and the eighth World Chess Champion. Tal played in a daring, combinatorial style. His play was known above all for improvisation and unpredictability, which is why I like him.

 
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Marcel Duchamp

"I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists."