31 May 2012

Beware of Weak Opponents

Referring to Paul Morphy's tendency to play games at odds--a knight or rook down from the start in most cases,--Valeri Beim opines:
By practicing against considerably weaker opposition one may, even unintentionally, become used to lower playing standards; and playing "crooked" chess, in which the strategic principles of play assume a minor role and tactics become paramount, is bound to make you stupid.
Paul Morphy: A Modern Perspective, 19.
So, there you have it, tactics alone makes you stupid.

1 comment:

  1. Haha it sounds to me like that guy has an aversion towards tactics! I think playing weak players often will hurt your game but for the simple reason that these lower rated players WON'T see many of the tactics of the game and odds are you'll go in for a swindle to put them out in fashion. Funny quote.