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Accepting The Defeat ( Defeat Your Ego )
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Accepting The Defeat ( Defeat Your Ego )

'' I like the moment when I break a man's ego'' by Bobby Fisher.

Chess-Play is a very good exercise of the mind for some kind of men. But when he does overmuch study, it may do more harm than good. A chess game is too troublesome for some men's brains.

Chess has held the reputation for being a double-edged-sword for many ages. Even the most brilliant chess players become unwound through their deep immersion in the chess game. All the tragedies of the small group tell fundamental truths about both chess and the mind itself.

In the late 1850s, 20 years old Paul Morphy who was a law school graduated from New Orleans defeated the top ranked American chess players and did the same in Europe. His stunning success was like of a non-league football player suddenly play for Manchester.United football club and win the champion league, FA Cup and Premier League in a year.

But the only grandmaster he didn't beat was Howard Staunton,The English Chess Master, because they never played. Morphy returned to New Orleans at age 26 and he suddenly abandoned all the public chess games. He Avoided the company of other people and suffered from the mental condition of paranoia. He could be found walking in the streets and talking to invisible people in his final years. He told his mother that enemies were out to get him and he passed away at age 47.

Paul Morphy failed to accept the defeat and told his friend that he could be extremely nervous after a loss game of chess. He was '' The Pride and Sorrow of Chess''.

  • Polish grandmaster Gustav , his mental illness forced him out of competition in 1872.
  • German grandmaster Johannes who threw himself under a train.
  • Akiba Rubinstein, grandmaster from Poland, spent 30 years of his life in a mental hospital.
  • Mexico grandmaster Carlos Torre who suffered mental breakdown at the age of 22 and never played chess again.

Finally, there is The Great Bobby Fisher , who once quoted '' I like the moment when I break a man's ego,''. In truth, he was shattering his own ego.

Why did they all fail to accept their defeats? Chess is not like the other sports. What do I mean by that? Take football as an example, when a football team lose a game, players always can point their fingers to another to make an excuse. But when you lose a game of chess , whether you are beaten by your opponent or you resign ( accept the defeat).

This is the hardest part of all. People only see you shake your opponent's hand but what they don't see is your mental situations. I have seen many chess players who lost all sense of controls after accepting their defeats. I believe they lost twice. One is the game and another is their self-respect which is a very sad thing to know.

We compete every tournament to WIN. No second best , People only remember The Winners, I have heard of all this stuffs and they are true but they are not complete. You will always have another day to fight and another game to play. Do not try to break a man's ego and it is not the case when you accept your defeat , stand up and clap for your opponent's brilliant play.


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