According to The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, chess is defined as being, ‘A board game of strategic skill for two players, played on a chequered board on which each playing piece is moved according to precise rules. The object is to put the opponent’s king under a direct attack from which escape is impossible (checkmate).’
The key phrase in this definition, in terms of how playing the game is likely to benefit business people, is ‘strategic skill.’ After all, in order to be successful in the world of commerce, strategy is vitally important. This is especially true when sales, mergers & acquisitions, the legal profession and cyber security are involved. In all these cases, as in chess, strict rules must be followed, yet the behaviour of the opposition is difficult, if not impossible, to predict. Whilst a certain outline strategy may be put in place in advance, there is no way of knowing if it will ultimately prove successful, require minor tweaking or have to be scrapped entirely.
Some may focus on a target; for example a sales figure for the coming year. Then, by working backwards, calculate what raw materials, staff and manufacturing costs will be required in order to achieve that target. In chess, the player’s aim would be to achieve check-mate in as few moves as possible by memorizing the moves required all the way back to the start of the game. In theory this is fine, but the player has no control over the moves the opponent would choose, making the entire strategy totally impractical. Similarly, in the world of business, competitors may cut their prices, introduce more efficient systems or demand for the particular product or service being offered might wane or increase. Having a mastery of chess enables the savvy businessperson to focus his or her sights on the overall picture and how it might develop over time. Having an awareness of all the possible scenarios gives them a distinct advantage over competitors who do not possess the ability to think laterally, be flexible and react to changing trends in a timely manner.
Rather than viewing unexpected change as an obstacle, someone who understands the game of chess and has developed an analytical mind will be looking several steps ahead in order to identify any opportunity to take advantage of developing situations. This is a typical scenario frequently found in the field of Internet security, which in many aspects is very similar to chess. There are a specific set of rules, which must be followed; the language the code is written in and the protocol to be followed in order to access programs, for example. As with chess, there are effectively two players, the hacker and the cyber security specialist; each can see the other’s moves, but neither knows what the outcome of the game will be. Internet security companies employ highly skilled staff to identify weaknesses and flaws and thereby protect their client’s networks from malicious viruses such as Bash Bug, which can take over entire systems, leaving highly sensitive and confidential data vulnerable to cyber criminals. It has been found that some of the most successful specialists have previously honed their analytical and strategy skills on the chessboard.
Is there scientific proof that playing chess improves intellectual adeptness? It is certainly true that a significant number of skilled professionals and entrepreneurs in a whole range of sectors, such as education, banking, technology, healthcare and finance, learned to play when still at primary school, but would they have still made it if they had played dominoes instead? A study carried out in Germany involved two sets of individuals – one made up of non-chess players and the other a group of experts – being shown a number of chess positions and geometric objects. The time taken for both groups to identify the geometric objects was identical, while the experts identified the chess positions much more rapidly than the novices; as might be expected. What was surprising was that only the left sides of the novices’ brains lit up, whilst in the chess experts both left and right were activated. The novices had to look intently at the pieces shown in the chess diagrams in order to recognise them, but the experts used their peripheral vision whilst looking across the boards. The study concluded that expertise was acquired rather than being innate and that playing the game regularly over an extended period of time would cultivate intellectual adeptness.
There seems little doubt that, in addition to being fun, playing chess from an early age does help develop a whole cross-section of skills that could improve anyone’s chances of becoming a more successful businessman or women, or maybe even a chess grand master.
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We’re bowled over by the quality of the new chess set backed by Magnus Carlsen. We just received stock of them yesterday -looked at them this morning – and wow! The case is superb, the carry bags are superb, the pieces are particularly superb. We’ve just never seen anything like it. These plastic pieces are better than most wooden pieces!
Magnus has taken the world by storm. He’s now called the Mozart of chess – and will probably be the best chess player in history. His set of chess pieces is also superb. The set is available here: Magnus Carlsen Chess Set
Thanks for the rather excellent board. I must say I was impressed with all my purchases and especially how my requests were answered extremely promptly during all our correspondence. I wont hesitate to recommend Chessbaron to any of my chess colleagues here in Northern Ireland.
This customer was a pleased customer…
Today, busy lifestyles, demanding working hours and the draw of electronic devices can mean that families often struggle to find the time to sit down together and eat, let alone play a board game. There is so much joy to be found in traditional board games, though, and playing chess can be a great way for families to bond and enjoy each other’s company.
Designating a chess space
To ensure that chess, and other board games, can be enjoyed in peace, it is important for families to designate a space within their home to their new pastime. You could make use of a spare room, reception area or a snug in a summerhouse or conservatory; in fact, anywhere where the family can congregate to play without distraction. In smaller homes, any spare nook can become a chess space; from window seats and areas under the stairs to a cosy corner in the kitchen or living room – no area is too small, and it may fast become your family’s favourite place within the home.
Decorating and furnishing a chess space
It is essential that a chess space be comfortable, giving everyone the opportunity to relax and enjoy this most peaceful of pastimes. Accessorize your window seats with a mattress or large cushions, for example, or place plush armchairs in the corner of any room, while scattering cushions can transform a lowly seating area.
The greatest thing about a chess space is that there are no rules; whether players prefer a light, bright and airy space, a colourful nook, or somewhere a little more intimate and cosy, the only limits are your imagination. In terms of furnishings, think about how the space will be used – if at all – when the family is not busy playing. Curtains and drapes can be used to keep a chess space cosy and contained and will help the family to shut out the modern world. Consider furniture carefully: will it get in the way of everyday life, or can it be kept snug within the chess space? A table, such as a standard coffee table or specialist games table, is key, while seating must be inviting. Cushions and plush armchairs will add a comfy finish. Take lighting into consideration, too. Does the chess space benefit from natural light, or will additional lighting be required?
The right furnishings and accessories are perhaps the most important aspect of a new chess, or gaming, space. Storage is essential, particularly shelving and nooks for holding games, bookshelves for those wishing to use the space as a reading corner, and space for additional lighting and soft furnishings. Depending on the size of the space, this can be cleverly concealed in under-seat storage, or install inspired shelving or neat storage boxes. This will allow the chess space to remain a self-contained area, and keep it clutter-free.
You should be able to accessorize your chess space too; after all, it will hopefully become an integral part of family life – a space in which everyone feels most comfortable. Decorative lighting such as fairy lights, cosy cushions, a warm rug, bright posters and postcards, and a plethora of games memorabilia can really help to brighten a gaming nook, creating an inviting space for the whole family. Once again, how your chess space looks and operates is limited only by your imagination.
Board games, particularly chess, are a fantastic family pastime, and can allow people to enjoy simple pleasures away from the hubbub of modern life. It is therefore a great idea to dedicate a particular space within your family home to this new hobby, ensuring that time together can be enjoyed without distraction. You may even wish to ban mobile and electronic devices, consoles and TVs from this small oasis, giving everybody a cosy space in which to enjoy each other’s company.
E2021 Weebles No Wobble – Tiny Combination Chess Set
Case 8.5 inches Square. King 1.6 inches High, King Weigth 10g
This product from Chess Baron: Constructed in Golden Rosewood, this set is sooooo cute. Remember the weebles – they wobble but don’t fall down? Every little piece can be made almost horizontal, but just springs back into place. The pieces are not magnetised, but their base weighting to facilitate the bounce-back makes it seem as if they are magnetic. The case is quite luxurious, with velvet lining for each of the cute little pieces. A lovely chess gift for someone. – See more at: http://www.chessbaron.co.uk/chess-E2021.htm
We had this customer email in this morning – nice…
Dear Chess Baron,
I received my Zephaniah Staunton (X3018) in ebony this morning, less than 48 hours after ordering. In a world where we’re often quick to criticise but slow to praise I just wanted to let you know that I’m delighted with both your service and the quality of the chess pieces. It took me a long time to make my decision to purchase this particular set above any other as it was my tenth wedding anniversary present and had to be ‘just right’. I can safely say it was worth the wait and worth every penny.
A future heirloom!
Email from customer 20-Jun-2014
The Polish Staunton set arrived on Saturday before 10am after ordering after 5 on Thursday and so I felt the extra delivery charge was worth it. The set was a good combination between traditional beauty and modern styling. The young lad himself said he’d actually wished for a chess set and by the end of the weekend was well on his way to beating his dad! Many thanks again to ChessBaron!
Just a quick note to thank you for the Aristotle Chess Computer. I picked it up from the Fed Ex depot last Friday. By coincidence I drive within 50 yards of the depot every tea time on my way home from work. What a smashing bit of kit. I’m playing daily against shredder and starting to win as often as I lose and my rating is climbing slowly. Genius is beating me on its lowest level, so I think a bit more reading and practice is in order before I play it again. Something to aspire to.
Thanks for the great service and I look forward to having dealings with you in the future – the email about travel chess sets has already tempted me!
Admin: What’s all the fuss about this product? Customer email received today (8th May 2014):
Thank you for the wonderful chess set (above) which is beautifully made and finished to a very high standard. The set arrived promptly, with plenty of protective packing and in time to be given as a present to my son. My faith in internet shopping has been restored!
Again many thanks.
Mrs V Gar…
Admin: Aw, thanks V.
Hi again Baron Turner
My order have just arrived, and it is absolutely perfect!
So glad I didn’t make my purchase from House of Staunton or Jaques of London – not one of them can deliver a knight as beautiful and detailed as the ones in this set. The board is really beautiful as well – everything is so well put together! I am really looking forward to spend a lot of time using this!
It has been a very safe and trustworthy process doing business with you – I especially like your delivery integrity (if anything goes wrong it is your/chessbaron responsibility and whatever the problem you will resolve it) that gives me as a buyer peace of mind! Thank you for a very fast delivery.
I will recommend you and your business to everybody.
The Aristotle is shaping up to be the de-facto hand held chess computer available in the chess computer market. Now that Novag, Saitek and Excalibur have all declared their involvement in the chess computer market to be concluded – there are very few models available. The Aristotle is the strongest computer available and comes with Shredder and Chess Genius to declare war upon you.
The question is… punk…do you feel lucky?
Here’s the offending (and offensive) product: Aristotle Chess Computer.
The new electronic chess computer from ChessBaron is a game changer with several killer functions in the product. In a genre crying out for better products – this one exceeds all expectations and ticks all required boxes with some more to boot.
The new computer has crystal clear graphics (al last – no more straining to see the pieces), and has several features that really make it stand out from the crowd. There’s a second chess computer engine for variety and a means to play against thousands of online players through the selection of 10, 15, 20 minute times games and other other options too – LIVE against other players! What a killer function. It accomplishes this through WiFi connections.
The other killer function that we’ve been waiting for for years is the rechargable battery pack just like a laptop. Up til now all chess computers have rub either on mains or by battery. When the battery ran out we had to replace them. But this model is rechargable and the battery life is several hours.
OK – here’s the link: chessbaron.co.uk/chess-CM2028.htm
Released on Sept 7th 2013 is a new utility to suggest your best moves to beat the chess computer running at it’s highest setting. The purpose is to show that humans are still the kings when it comes to chess strategy. Well, we hope so anyway. Check it out – and make your valued chess move suggestions to save the dignity of the human race! Here’s the page: Chess Puzzle Move Suggestions
We’re pleased to announce the availability of The World Championship Chess Set. This has been designed around the world championship tournament in which Norwegian Magnus Carlsen has fought for the right to challenge the reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand. With great anticipation, the match will be completed in 2013 in India.
The chess set design is strongly staunton and departs from the norm only in the simplicity of the design and in the colour of the felt underlay (black and white corresponding). It’s an innovative move and the result is something very pleasing to the eye and has a good tactile experience.
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