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How life imitates chess -Part 2

How life Imitates Chess By Gary Kasparov

Besides knowing what to look for, one most evaluate all factors pertaining to the situation.

MTQ(Material, Time and Quality) Chess is an art of balancing all three of these factors. One has to make make trade offs between available resources, time and quality. Decision making is error prone but gets better with active thoughts. Become aware of poor choices and move beyond them.

All decisions improve with a better process. One thinks strategically with MTQ). Usually beginners tend to gobble up their opponent's material. One must know the actual value of the material one gathers. This is not easy. Your emotions(prejudices and preferences) about some material can cloud their actual value from you.

Time is money. You are payed labor for your time. You have only so much time to make a move or complete a series of moves to meet a certain objective. One must use both these concepts of time to his advantage.

The one who makes the first move acts, while the other reacts. Moving quickly and cutting corners does not always buy time. The champions know to make tradeoffs between time and material. When attacking time is more important than material. One must be careful not to go after material gain when it affects a winning strategy. Kasparov usually chooses dynamic factors over static factors.

Quality: Each of your material processions have an intrinsic value. They can tell who is ahead at a point in time. At different times materials fluctuate in value. The strategist seeks placement of his resources. A piece can loose its value. In such cases, you can trade it for another piece you increase your footing. Note that this is not true in some cases like in stocks.

The concept of Never: A piece that has been trapped has lost its value.

Double Edged Evaluation:
Count the resources first and then look at placement and territory. (Reminiscent of 'Art of War'). Structure is a double edge sword. It comes into effect when you are evenly matched. This is where one must detect the minutia. The devil is in the details.

Personal Return on Investment;
For education, we invest time and quality to gain an advantage with skills and contacts. The questions we must ask are beyond trade offs. One may gain or loose it all.

MTQ at Home: We make MTQ tradeoffs while buying homes. Location, Location Location. Great players recognize the exceptions. The details are hard to remember and thus can be burdensome later. Balance, exchange and evaluate over and over. Use time for improving material. Quality is the promise of time and material well used.

Exchanges and Imbalances

When there is an imbalance of symmetry, we can it to our advantage. Most of us take our best guess and move forward, without consideration of all options. All elements combine to form a single big picture. The number of ways to consider all moves is only limited by our prejudices.

The search for compensation
Every move has positive and negative aspects. Material losses are the only negative losses though they may be beneficial in the long run.One must total the pluses and minuses to evaluate our position. We can turn material into time or vice versa.

In thermodynamics, energy is indestructible. It can only change form. In chess, we can grow stronger with more than one queen and so on. Firms can do this too.

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