February 8, 2016

Chess, Life and Happiness – Summary

  • Grand Master Igor Smirnov, Chess Coach, Author and Publisher.
  • About two months ago, we published an article prepared by an RCA student, Luca Valsecchi, and it was called “Chess, Life and Happiness”. If you missed this article, I’d definitely recommend you to read it – you will enjoy the well-thought-out ideas about the interconnection of chess and life.



    As you can see, the article was a bit lengthy – having many ideas and useful tips – and we found this lesson very deep. Therefore, in order to facilitate your understanding of it, we have decided to create some illustrative images with the main ideas from the article.


    Let’s not forget the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” :)

    Chess, Life and Happiness <<Chess, Life and Happiness – Part 1>>

    Chess, Life and Happiness

    <<Chess, Life and Happiness – Part 2>>


    P.S. Feel free to share your thoughts about the article with us. Also, please share these images with your friends and let them know about the immense effect the games of chess has. :)


    Quick Succes in chess

    • sammy joshua

      Wow very beautiful i like it a lot keep publishing such articles

    • William

      This is a very creative presentation. Thank you for doing this.

    • Igor Smirnov

      Thanks for your appreciation, guys! If you enjoy this style, we’ll keep developing such infographics for you.

    • MynameIsNemo

      “Think happy. Be happy!”
      Your articles remembered me something about lateral thinking… not bad! Thank you!

    • Mohamed Ali

      my chess think process (nowadays) to chose the move :


      according to the game stage, and the center type (while there is no forced moves)

      1- try to understand what opp. want.

      2- look for what I want

      3- think if I can achive what I want….. it is ok

      4- else, I defense againest opp. need to do positively or passively

      5- according to the previous 4 notes determine the candidate moves.

      6- choose the most suitable one.

      7- Bluder check

      8- chosse the move and play it.


      during this process seeking for the weakness in my camp ( to know what opp. want)

      and then in opp. camp to determine and check what I want

      and study relation between my pieces and pawns and also opp. ones- and study the contact between my an opp. pieces


      first of all I seek for the activety and it is no 1. after the winning compination.– then I seak for the weakness for attack or deffence.

      • Igor Smirnov

        Hi Mohamed,

        I see you’ve studied the courses diligenty, and came up with a very solid thinking process – congratulations!

        The next stage is to train and automate your thinking system, so that you can apply it quickly andhabitually. Good luck in your chess battles!

        • MynameIsNemo

          It’s not so easy but yes, in the long run I think it will be very rewarding.
          I? I’m a post-beginner, eager to think I understood how to… understand chess a little.

        • Mohamed Ali

          thank you too much

        • Ayush

          Dear Igor chess has s an outstanding effect on my life it has some advantage and disadvantage also.but overall it I just fantastic.dear igor today I was watching tata steel tournaments comment ary and I saw magnus play h6 and g5 in queens Indian defence against David navara sir I was shocked and commentators also because be7 is played in 150 years through out and you had also explains the exact position in ggol2 sir please help???

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