Follow Through Go For The Knockout

Houses, bodies, and enemies collapse when their rhythm becomes deranged. In large-scale strategy, when the enemy starts to collapse you must pursue him without letting the chance go. If you fail to take advantage of your enemies' collapse, they may recover. In single combat, the enemy sometimes loses timing and collapses. If you let this opportunity pass, he may recover and not be so negligent thereafter. Fix your eye on the enemy's collapse, and chase him, attacking so...

Computer strengths and weaknesses The Kasparov vs Deep Blue Matches

In spring 19 , Garry Kasparov was challenged by IBM's Deep Blue computer, the new incarnation of Deep Though I. The match was to be of six games with a 500,000 prize fund. Deep Blue could calculate 500 million different positions per second, and many computer experts predicted that this time the human World Champion would go down to defeat. The match aroused intense interest, including an eight-page feature in Time magazine and five million accesses on the World Wide Web site, a world record at...

Acknowledgments

The authors offer special thanks to HSH Prince Philipp von und zu Liechtenstein, sponsor of the LGT Academy, to Tony Buzan and Vanda North, Dean and Vice-Dean of the Academy, and to Muriel Nell is, our brilliant agent, and Jane Roberts, her associate. We also wish to thank Jackie Johnson, Chris Carey, and George Gibson of Walker and Company, arid Christopher Pick. We are particularly and eternally grateful to Annette Keene and Nusa Maal Gelb for their love and support. In particular, Michael...

Harmonizing Your Physical And Mental Powers

Aerobic conditioning, weight training, stretching, and endless repetition of technique are the cornerstones of martial arts training. Martial artists aim to condition their physical reflexes for lightning response. Yet great masters emphasize that at the highest levels of combat the edge goes to the fighter with superior confidence and mental discipline. In the words of Morihei Ueshiba, When surrounded by a forest of enemy spears, enter deeply and learn to use your mind as a shield. In Zen and...

When to resign

Musashi was once asked to demonstrate his prowess at the court of the shogun by dueling against the most skilled Samurai from the Elite Bodyguard. Facing off with shinai (bamboo swords), the combatants launched simultaneous attacks. Their movements were like lightning, and as the outcome was unclear to those watching the swordsmen were asked to duel again. Once more the quickness of the action defied the senses. It must be a draw, commented the shogun. Yes, a draw, echoed Musashi's opponent...

The Samurai Chess ranking system

In the martial arts, students master set techniques, known as kata, and test themselves in competition. As they improve, meeting the specific criteria of their art, they become eligible to test for tank. Judo's Jigoro Kano pioneered the modern kyu dan belt system of signifying rank. Although the different arts interpret the belt-systems in various ways, a general guideline for respectable schools is as follows. (Steer well clear of the many commercialized, bastardized...

Flexibility

Every martial arts class begins with a series of stretching exercises. Besides preventing injury, stretching benefits your circulatory and immune systems. Practice simple stretching exercises before and after aerobic and strength training, upon getting up, and before every chess match. The secret to a good stretch is to take your time, bring your full awareness to the process, and allow easy release of muscle groups in harmony with extended exhalations, Never bounce or try to force a stretch....

The rook

Each player has two rooks, positioned in the corner squares. 11 ie English word rook is idiosyncratic. Most other European languages use the word for castle or tower French tour, German Tumi, Italian and Spanish tone . The probable derivation is from rocco, an alternative Italian word for tower, or from mkh, the ancient Persian word for a war chariot. In Russia the piece is known as lady a. boat. Children in England and the United States often use the more descriptive castle. The squares to...