Clarity in Action

July 3, 2012

Viswanathan Anand’s talk on thinking in chess¬†has already been advertised on several chess sites and blogs, but I’d like to quote a snippet from the talk that struck me as an important “psychological chunk” on how to approach the game and how to approach a position.¬†Anand reiterates — in slightly different terms — the old adage that it’s better to have a bad plan than to have no plan at all:

It’s much better to be deluded and confident than to have the right information and not know what to do… because in the end what you are looking for is clarity at the board, or clarity in action. You want to be able to play a position, you want to be able to enter it if that plays to your strengths, and that’s all that really matters. So even some false confidence is fine.