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How life imitates chess -Part 4

How life Imitates Chess By Gary Kasparov

"Try out new ideas in your own creative space."
Surprise is hard to pull off but extremely effective.

Art is the offspring of creative conflict. The opening creates the launching pad. The takeoff happens in the middle game. Be open to new happenings all the time. Your previous strategy may not work now. Formulate a new plan.

SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunity and threats. You must be open to new moves or adjust to your new threats. The middle game is the most open to art. "Disaster lurks at every corner." This is the time when action is rewarded. It needs quick thinking. One must find similarities to the past, what worked then and what failed then.

In the middle game, after an organization has launched its product, it must focus on advertising and pricing. It must improve on the foundation built in the previous stage, the opening. This is why one must study the whole game, not just the opening.

"A good peace follows a good war." The end game begins when the potential of the players is gone and only a few survivors still prevail. The plans and possibilities are known and usually goes predictable.

However the fallibility of human nature still leaves room for more moves. Sometimes a wrong move in the end game can cause a tragic consequence. The end game and its lack of action leads to ennui and thus open to error. Instincts often cause creativity to diminish. Existing problems must now be seen with fresh eyes.

Eliminating Phase Bias: There is always room for improvement. Find out your strengths: Preparation, fluid action ...? You must find the weaknesses and eliminate them from your game.

"Do not bring a knife to a gunfight." What worked in the middle game may not work in the end game. Do not under estimate dynamic factors. A smart player takes all three factors into account. The transitions between them must be smooth.

The attacker's advantage
"Even a bullet fears the brave" - Russian saying.
Recognizing known problems sometimes stifles creativity. With the mamouth decisions we are faced with daily, small improvements can lead to large payoffs. Decisions are often unpredictable. We must look at alternatives that can help us face challenges.

Sometimes if there is no immediate benefit to making an immediate decision, postpone it. Err on the side of your instinct and optimism. One way is to be proactive which puts the healthy pressure on you.


There is a double standard. A person who attacks is often considered aggressive and the bad guy. An attacking move by a CEO is aggressive but from an employee it is seen as assertive. Aggressiveness can be an asset.

We must ensure we are hard on ourselves, our environment and others. There is a controlled way of aggression that helps us improve. When you attack, your opponent's moves become more reactive and thus more predictable. Maintaining threats and pressure enables one to hold the initiative.

Once you have taken this undertaking to attack, you must fuel it constantly. Either one must attack with one giant attack or squeeze slowly. If you attack in only one place, you become vulnerable when it is your turn to attack. One weakness alone is inadequate to cause defeat.

A threat can have payoffs even before fruition. "Buy the rumor, sell the news" is a Wall Street saying.

Sometimes some patience is better than an uncertain attack. While staying on the attack, one must avoid over thinking but with more controlled decision making.

"What you can do or think you can do, being it, for boldness has power and magic in it." In war situations, defensiveness is almost obsolete today. "Static defense is dead"

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