Fast or Speed Chess is the name of the game. Traditionally, with a five minute time limit, a variation has become popular these days which could go to as little as one minute. The best brain exercise is to engage in fast thinking, which Rapid Chess offers its players. Rapid Chess calls for quick thinking without sacrificing the quality of the game. How many amongst us would rather sacrifice time over quality? The question that arises is how do we balance quality and timeliness? How much lead time can we afford to give each time we engage in a productive activity?
Peter Drucker said: “there is nothing more useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” In Rapid Chess, committing this famous Peter Drucker bluff is virtually improbable. Bound by time, we focus only on what is important, and prioritize only the moves that could provide the winning opportunities. Winning opportunities are difficult to find especially if you are pressed for time. Thus, every chess player needs to have foresight, and knows what to prioritize. Finding the winning combination isn’t enough, there must always be an awareness of how much time is remaining for capturing your opponent’s King.
Some of the paradoxical value-adding quotes that might help while preparing for a game of chess follow:
(i) Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment (Rita Mae Brown/ Mark Twain);
(ii) Like chess, life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live/play as if there were none – Albert Einstein;
(iii) If you are willing to do only what is easy, life will be hard and you are most likely to suffer a loss; but if you are willing to do what is hard, and sacrifice life will be easy, and most likely you will win by brilliancy – T. Haw Eker; and
(iv) Failing to plan is like planning to fail – You should never start playing chess if you do not have a plan to win – Stephen McCrame.
At the end of the day, whether it is a long or short game of chess, the important thing is one’s preparation. Your health must be in top shape, you must have slept well, and your stamina should be able to meet the rigors of playing chess. Preparation will ultimately spell out the outcome of your game, and for the avid chess player, rapid chess could be the best form of practice in the age of brilliance.