How to Lose at Chess

Do you play Chess? No?! No worries! You are already half-way there, as today I will be talking about how to lose at Chess!

Rule 1. Never learn rules!

This is true and tried. All you need to do is show up. Not showing up works just as well but is much less fun. Just imaging, sitting down at the board, enthusiastically greeting your opponent and asking him if he could advice you how the horsey thing moves. Be careful, however not to get into heated conversation with your opponent about pawns being able to take backwards as later may go into cardiac arrest and you will win by default. Otherwise, that is the easy road to failure, as even your slightest advances will be crashed almost instantaneously.

Rule 2. Pieces Development

If you were unfortunate to learn how to play, you cannot fake it. So, there are other ways. Do rely on moving your most senior pieces out early, while keeping knights and bishops well behind. It is important to give your strong and powerful figures full exposure to the all ranks of the enemy lines without necessary support from those who normally do all the leg work (as well as arm work and nifty handy work). Very soon, your chief operating officer (a.k.a. Queen) will succumb to heavy blows, resign off the chessboard, while your untrained undeveloped pieces will watch opposing army march in to your territory, and rip everything apart like after hostile acquisition. Congratulations, you have lost!

Rule 3. Pawn Promotion

If your pawns managed to reach the last rank, the rule require promoting them. It is very unfortunate rule. It would be so much simpler and chipper to keep them as pawns. It would also make them very inefficient on their last rank with nowhere to go and highly demotivated, thus simplifying our task to loose. Oh, well. There are ways around this little problem. Under-promote! Or better yet, mispromote. No one is forcing your hand. Why do you need to make your star excelsior into a queen? Make him a bishop! Let him go through the ranks. Yeah, it does not work this way in chess, but he does not need to know! If it was warranted to turn a pawn into a knight, make it a queen. Throw all the money at it and watch it fail. Then say: ”I gave you all the opportunity!” Then snigger quietly and collect another loss.

Rule 4. Even More Rules

Sure there is more ways to lose at chess. However, this is not a book but a small article. And perhaps, later I will feel that there are more of ways that are clear winners losers. Then I will definitely take the cover off my typewriter and share them with you.

Albert Glozman 1/20/2015


One thought on “How to Lose at Chess

  1. Ah. This reminds me if when I was completely new to chess. I’m still a novice but the mistakes I’ve made in the past were so cringe – worthy. Good post, keep it up!

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