Often at Four Kings One War we talk about how playing this amazing, mind blowing, boundary busting evolution, simply must improve your traditional chess game and it is often evident when we switch from Traditional to Four Kings.
Yes the battle field is different and this forces you to re think your strategy as you can no longer rely on the tried and tested openings and set plays of traditional chess however is that a bad thing?
How often have you lost a game because you have slipped out of the moment, lost concentration due to the familiarity of the particular stage of the game you are in.
There is much debate on the topic of whether chess has been solved and all though the general consensus is no it has not been solved, the argument stems from the shear amount of openings and set plays that have been discovered, studied and taught.
So if you can improve your chess game by a heightened sense of engagement and a new sense of enthusiasm then surely the uncharted, unsolved battle field the Four Kings One War series brings you is definitely going to help.
What we often talk about however, is where does the true skill in the game of chess really lie?
Is it in the shape of the battle field and the strategy that is required to dominate it or is it in the players creative ability and understanding of how chess pieces move and complement each other.
An understanding in the value each piece is afforded and why they are valued that way and a more creative approach to how these pieces could be used to execute a particular plan.
Does the skill lie in a players deeper level of perception around probability and possibility and if so would it be highly possible and highly probably that by opening those up , by tearing down the boundary fence’s and adding additional dimension that the brain matter responsible for probability and possibility would be nurtured and extended also.
With hidden attacks or essentially moves hidden behind moves, Four Kings One War forces you, or rather, trains you to look beyond the surface game play and into the mind of your opponent, it exercises what is often called the telepathic side of chess. Strengthens the vital ingredient of not just thinking about your game play but also knowing exactly what your opponent is up to. It never ceases to amaze and delight me when despite the almost infinite possibilities that the Combat arena cultivates, your opponent makes the one move you were hoping they wouldn’t, almost as though they have telepathically peeked into your brain and looked multiple moves ahead. (you gotta love this game right?, even talking about it makes me want to play it)
The knight, with its double hop. The luxury to essentially move twice if it wishes and it only counts as one move. It is still moving in the same pattern, IE the L shape however thinking two moves ahead in Four Kings is essentially thinking four moves ahead in traditional chess.
Would being able to see four moves ahead for your knight at a simple glance be beneficial to traditional chess? I’ll let you answer that one for yourself.
Does doing cardio make you fitter, yes
Does lifting weights make you stronger, yes
Does training specific muscles for specific sports make you better at that sport, yes
So In summary, surely if you are using the same brain matter, IE, memory, strategy, mathematics, risk management, patience, focus, and all the wonderful multi-layered, hierarchically organized neuron circuits that chess fires up but you are just pushing them harder, it would have to make you more game fit right?
If you want to take a trip to the edge of your brain matter and start exploring what is beyond it, with the essence of chess, power up the endless possibilities of Four Kings One War.