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Why it is advisable to memorize your first chess openings?

Why it is advisable to memorize your first chess openings?

They agree to it or not, initially, every grandmaster started with learning and memorizing opening moves. Once you get acquainted with the opening moves, get to the next exercise. Learning these moves doesn’t mean you do not have the potential to learn this game. Learning these moves gives a better chance to proceed and eventually win a game. It also helps you understand the structure of the game and understand your position. Your idols, the grand masters have now been practising these opening moves since years so they don’t need to visually see to move ahead. They just virtually picture it in their brain and focus on ideas of the opening move. If you wish to trick your opponent just like your grandmasters do, try and learn all the basic and important opening moves. 

The chessboard reveals: The King and the queen are equally responsible for the chessboard.

The chessboard reveals: The King and the queen are equally responsible for the chessboard.

A very common question that might have come across the mind of every rookie is why is the ‘queen’ most powerful piece on the chessboard? To answer this question, we have to go back in time. Historians believe the queen rose to power in the 15th century. Before that, the queen, who was previously known as the ‘fers’ or the ‘advisor’ was the weakest piece on the board. The advisor could only move one square diagonally. Why it became powerful, is because the game of chess that was once limited to a part of the world spread across the European continent during the 15th century. Due to the presence of many influential female monarchs in the continent, the game went through some crucial changes. These changes made the Queen, all-powerful and important. 

In the time of video games, which junction does chess stand at?

In the time of video games, which junction does chess stand at?

Not just kids, firstly, we all are culprits here. We all are addicted to the screen as much as any kid. Kids generally mimic the behaviour of their parents or whomever they spend their time with. They are quick learners and according to Dr Howard Klein, the director of behavioural pediatrics at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore "A 1-year-old understands that the actions he's copying have a significance,"

So, if at the age of 6-7 he/she is inclined to play video games more than usual, it is a behavioural tendency he/she picked up while growing up. How can you stop them from engaging into video games? The answer is you can’t. You can limit their access but can’t stop them from playing video games completely.

Know the Top 5 Youngest Grandmasters in the World?

Know the Top 5 Youngest Grandmasters in the World?

These kids are young and they are the best at what they do. Being a chess master is a dream for every kid who adores chess. But these kids have made a place in the world named as the Youngest Grandmasters. You know your game well, but do you know them? Let us take some inspiration from these little geniuses. 

The Most Popular Variants of Chess

The Most Popular Variants of Chess

A Rookie can be a master in chess with practice and dedication. It takes years to learn chess and absolute commitment to be better with every passing day. This is the modern chess which we play in a contemporary 8x8 chessboard. However, there are more than 2000 variants of chess in shapes and sizes, even with different rules. Let us find out the most popular variants of chess other than the one we see every day.

The Game that Tames Your Mind - Chess and its disciplinary skills

The Game that Tames Your Mind  - Chess and its disciplinary skills

In an intriguing scene from the 2010 movie The Karate Kid, the young protagonist Dre Parker is spellbound by a Kung-Fu practitioner who, perched perilously on a high wall, makes a cobra reflect her moves. Dre’s Kung-Fu master Mr. Han explains to the fascinated kid that the practitioner is like "still water, quiet and calm, reflecting whatever that looks at it, like a mirror".

The wise teacher’s explanation of how a trained and focused mind achieves such force of tranquility carries so much weight in today’s world. Retrieving our minds in the days of media surplus is becoming a herculean task. Our children are maze runners, trapped in a labyrinth of information, –both essential and dispensable – struggling to find an exit. 

How do they learn to tap into that innate energy? When can they pause and learn to focus?

Chess is everything: Art, Science and Sport - Anatoly Karpov

Chess is everything: Art, Science and Sport - Anatoly Karpov

What we generally like to do is systemise everything in our life. Categorize, classify and sort everything around us and make life easy. But, not everything must be classified or can be sorted. Some are unique in their own way. Just like chess. Is it a game, a sport, an art or science? We don’t know, but we know it’s popular and educational. It is played across borders, irrespective of age, gender or community. It is an activity that unities people. 

The 5 most historical instances in Chess

The 5 most historical instances in Chess

You might have come across many unforgettable moments in your lifetime. These moments are stored in your memory for a long period of time, having various symbolic significance. You associate your numerous emotions with such moments and thus recollect memories from the past. 

Chess as a game has come a long way since it’s birth. Its epic transformation from being a strategic gameplan framework to a prestigious sport is noteworthy. Today let us find out the monumental events that occurred in the history of chess. 

The 3 Best Chess Clubs in Bangalore

The 3 Best Chess Clubs for kids in Bangalore


  • ZugZwang- This one is a premium chess institute in Bangalore that believes in training your child to be future-proof. The world is moving towards technology swiftly and you need your child to be updated for the future. However, this institute is known to build India’s first brain gym for kids. The objective is to enhance fluid intelligence in kids through various recreational activities like Robotics, Coding, Chess, Maths and Rubik’s Cube. They promise to gift your child with a strong cognitive ability to critically think, make logical decisions, make decisions based on circumstances and solve problems. 


  • Bangalore Chess Academy- Preserving the mission to provide a new platform for the new talent in the country, Bangalore Chess Academy was established in 2005. Being one of the oldest chess academies in Bangalore, it has always upheld the dignity of chess both nationally and internationally. If you want your kid to learn from a professional chess player, FIDE Trainer Vedant Goswami could be one of the best. The institution has received prestigious acclamation with the extensive effort of all its trainers and students. 

  • Mind Mentorz- What started as a passion for the founders,  has now spread across places within a span of five years. With an aim to grow the cognitive thinking skills among its students, Mind Mentorz help kids be the master of their own creativity and imagination. Through Chess, Rubik’s Cube, Coding and Robotics, they have already created a platform for kids to enjoy their after school hours. Playing and learning simultaneously. 

These are the premium chess clubs in Bangalore that will nurture your child and their future. All of these institutions have an individual goal to make the future of the country reliable and strong-willed. Enroll your kids for any recreational activity of their choice to bring out the best in them.  

The Little Chess Masters who made Karnataka proud with their Chess Skills

The Little Chess Masters who made Karnataka proud with their Chess Skills

Learning new activities is fun for everyone. However, it has been speculated that children are better at learning chess than adults. Why is it so? Though it has not been proved, it is assumed that children take up new activities not as a task but a medium to celebrate, smile and laugh. They later get engaged in those activities that help them express better. At first, even chess is a way of expression for kids which later turns into an interest, plus they don’t have external pressure to perform, so whatever time they invest on it, they grasp the tricks and techniques well. So, who are these little geniuses in your state, Karnataka? Let’s find out. 

Magneto the Antihero or the superhero?

Magneto the Antihero or the superhero?

The distinction between a Superhero and an Antihero is simple. It’s the principles or vision they embrace. A hero would be portrayed as a person who serves the humankind and a villain is one who wishes to destroy it. But is that simple? There are different kinds of humans in this planet, all having a distinctive personality, a likely or even unlikely perspective towards things. Is protecting their kind from the enemies an evil thing to do? Then what makes Magneto a villain?

The Queen who Doomed her King

The Queen who Doomed her King

We all know the specific roles of each piece in chess. They all have defined movements like the Pawn only moves forward, the knights can jump the board, the rooks can move forward in a continuous line, and the queen is responsible to protect the king. 

The game represents the relationship between the King and the Queen, but it’s the first where a queen’s fault led the king to the path of destruction and banishment. Lady Macbeth was known as the one who brought ill-fate to Macbeth but we know according to her she was just encouraging her husband to have a prosperous future. She is known to be a villain, a witch but nobody doubted her strategic planning to take over the throne. 

James Moriarty can possibly make you learn to strategize.

James Moriarty can possibly make you learn to strategize.

Who’s the World’s Greatest Detective? It’s Sherlock Holmes! We decided to deduce the smart, attractive and observant Holmes as a creative minded, high-functioning sociopath. However, what makes Sherlock Holmes the greatest detective is his deadliest nemesis, Professor James Moriarty. He is the best suited super villain that Homes could come across. He is evil, witty and known to be the ‘Napoleon of Crime’.

What makes Moriarty best suited for Chess, is his ability to plan, plot and strategize. Chess is a game that needs patience, a cool mind and a designated power holder to take over the gameplay through sheer mind games.

How Joker is the exemplary opponent that you can ask for?

How Joker is the exemplary opponent that you can ask for?

What do we know about our super villains? One thing for sure is, they make our heroes stand out. But, is that it? Do they just glorify our heroes and prove the dominance of good over evil? It is time we hail our supervillains too. Even if we do, their contribution to the movies are significantly greater and more impactful. If that wouldn’t have been the case, we wouldn’t have considered Heath Ledger as an outstanding performer and thus winning an Oscar.

Chess's contribution to ADHD patients

Chess's contribution to ADHD patients

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a common mental disorder of the neurodevelopmental type that affects the regular activities of an individual, like difficulty in paying attention, hyperactive in performing daily tasks, unstable behaviour without thinking about prior consequences, irrespective of age.

It is a mental disorder that is estimated to prevail in India at a rate of 5.8%. Researchers discovered that the brain of an individual suffering from ADHD is 5% smaller than that of a person without it. The basic symptoms of the disorder usually begin in childhood but may continue until an adult stage. The symptoms can be really tough to be diagnosed among these people.

The Esteemed Women Chess Players of India

The Esteemed Women Chess Players of India

Women are contributing their best in each field. It is a pleasure to watch these women working hard, breaking barriers, and achieving their dreams. These are the same women who are mothers, sisters, aunts or the next door girl, whom with will and dedication have turned their life's around with this game.

History indicates chess as a leisure activity, but these days it is a highly competitive game that many men and women have perfected and made it their profession. It’s amazing to watch these women play the 'game of thrones'. Let us meet the queens of the game.

Chess Trivia

Chess Trivia

Bizarre winning strategies:

Ruy Lopez the famous priest and chess player of the 16th century advised chess players to make sure their opponents sit facing the sun. To quote him “Sit your opponent with the sun in his eyes.” Another popular bizarre winning strategy by Lucena, a famous chess player of that time is, if you want to beat your opponent, always play when they have their stomach filled with food and drinks. To quote him “ “Try to play after your opponent has eaten or drunk freely.”

Rejuvenating the Zest of life with a slight Sprinkle of Water

Rejuvenating the Zest of life with a slight Sprinkle of Water

Water is known as the essence of life. What’s surprising is, a substance that is colourless, odourless and tasteless could actually be the poet of the never-ending narrative called life. As a wise old man, water has always been the saviour for plants, animals, human life, and the initiation of entire civilizations. Maybe that’s why the sight of a looming dark cloud over a drought prone area, brings relief not just to the earthly beings but also the parched, scorching face of the earth.

If we consider photosynthesis, water plays a crucial part in photosynthesis. Without water, the plant can’t absorb Carbon Dioxide from the environment.

The beaming sunlight beckons the plant to sprout

The beaming sunlight beckons the plant to sprout

Since the ‘Big Bang’, sunlight has been known as the optimal source of energy, light and positivity. Every morning the innocent game of hide-and-seek ends with first streaks of light breaking through dawn, ending the darkness prevailing all over the earth. Sunrise is really a beautiful sight for the beholder, and it wakes the entire planet up from its long deep sleep. It does the same to a plant.

The rays of the morning sun shakes a plant up from its night cradle, energises it and reminds it to do its daily ritual. Day by day, It grows under the shelter of its mentor, the sun. What was a feeble sapling once, grows out to be a big strong tree. The sun nurtures a sapling, helps in photosynthesis and helps in growth.

How photosynthesis is not just essential for plants, but also for kids.

How photosynthesis is not just essential for plants, but also for kids.

Turn the pages of your 3rd Grade Environmental Science textbook and you would realise how early in your academics, you were introduced to the lessons of life. Though the origin of plants on earth, was traced back to around 3.5 billion years ago, they are still the reason for human life on earth. If we refer to our textbooks then, photosynthesis is a process through which plants take in Sunlight, Carbon Dioxide and Water and convert it into Oxygen. The growth of the plant depends on the intake of these three basic needs.