How life imitates chess -Part 3

How life Imitates Chess By Gary Kasparov

All change comes at a cost. Coordination of resources becomes increasingly difficult with more assets. Kasparov uses the AOL-Time Warner merger example to illustrate this. Sometimes the combined power of many resources is greater than the sum of its parts.

When resources work together, they become more productive without loosing productivity. Sometimes, to meet a certain objective, one may add resources and hasten defeat. When in trouble one must never gamble on a risky venture or in overextending herself.

While risk taking is essential in every field, what is critical is the context of that risk. In Norman Mailer's words, we are either living a little more or dying a little. There is simply no standing still.

Phases of the game
We can know only where we are going by knowing where we are. Kasparov stresses on grounding in the present. Chess can be broken into three phases, opening, the middle and end games.

In the first phase the battle lines are drawn. It is the hardest part of the game. One must determine the 'opening' in this part or the one move that predetermines the next set of moves. An opening that worked for an expert may not work for you. Memorization of moves is often useless in a competitive situation. If you follow an expert's move, know the motive behind the move. Memorization always inhibits your evolution as a player. Opening sets the stage for the type of middle game you want.

Creativity on opening is best cultivated at home rather than at showtime. This is the only opportunity for creativity.

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