Saturday, April 3, 2010
FOLLOW THE LEADER
Whether you are a "regular" leader or not, there are people who will notice you if you are doing something different and having "success" with it. (Some even want your success to be a FAIL.)
Right now Apple inc. has brought out the iPad which has its fans and critics. The critics I don't totally understand (attention getters mainly, who believe their opinion matters). These critics claim to want what they want and are miffed they won't be noticed, but in reality, they hate Apple--a company which was a true underdog in 1997 and now has the "pack" following them (Apple). Anyone who likes Apple products "drinks the Kool Aid, etc."
Some years ago my youngest son came back to play chess at the club. He began playing 1.Nf3. He studied the Khalifman books and gained a very nice understanding of moving the Knight on the first move. Then his Dad, me, liked what he saw and began playing it. It had its quirks, but that was all the better. Also, the size of the Khalifman library showed how transposable it was, further maddening the crowd with the dark pieces.
Recently I had noted a few others at the club begin their game with 1.Nf3 and now one of my friends is playing it. Will it last? For a while, until the next great thing comes along. It used to be the Colle, then the Torre and sometimes the London systems--but you don't see much widespread adoption of any systems by 1.e4 players... so maybe that will be next.
It's nice to have some fun, mix it up a little, but beware, the critics who aren't spending their own money will often try to influence you spending yours. These people could well spend time improving their own games or openings instead of following you around like a Pied Piper.
I am betting that ChessBase will introduce an app for the iPad just as I believe they have done with the iPhone. Personally, it's hard for me to imagine myself wanting to spend much time looking at a phone--so it must be the portability aspect. If so, the iPad will do well. There's a kind of practice or analysis which when stored would have Alexander Alekhine as its FIRST adherent!