Feb

26

FedererOne must experiment on the chess board to unlock its mysteries.

Playing in web-based public forums, it seems as though traditional, run-of-the-mill openings are engrained as routine for almost every player one faces. Of course, the lower rated players (1000s-1200s) often put themselves into precarious positions early in the game, but when watching the higher rated combatants, they generally open the game with standard patterns of play that usually result in traditional exchanges. Black knight for white bishop, queen for queen, and so forth.

Adapting my knowledge of the tennis court, I have recently chosen to combat the higher rated foes I face with uncustomary openings, such as the f-pawn, while playing black. I view such a move as being very similar to a floating, chippy slice backhand crosscourt landing near the service line.

I do not compare myself to the brilliance of Roger Federer on the tennis court, but he uses the tactic often, as do I on the chess board. It generally neutralizes the point at play immediately. Take a look at his use of this shot: Even the strongest of his foes, Djokovic or Nadal, have trouble immeditely taking advantage of the point. They have to move up in the court, either rolling their reply back crosscourt, or up the line. But they have left their right side of the court open to his backhand, or his fierce forehand reply crosscourt into the corner. As they have moved up in their left side of the court, they have to scramble backwards as they have left the deep right portion of their court exposed. Typical Federer response: a winner on his first or following shot.

I am, generally speaking, a contrarian trader. Sure, quiet openings on the chess board can be compared to quiet openings in the market, and vice versa. Experimenting in the market with real money can become a costly exercise, just as experimenting on the chess board can lead to numerous losses. But the point here is that one must never rule out the value of doing something that very few are doing.


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