A blunder in chess is a disastrous move, a move which confers misery on its perpetrator, and which causes in most instances the immediate termination of a game. It is the player who commits the blunder who perishes. Also sounds familiar to non-chess players? Yes, because chess relates to life, and remains an integral part of our existence.
In chess, a blunder may be caused by carelessness or overconfidence; a tactical oversight or time trouble. Chess is played with a time control, or a chess clock, which has two faces on it. Upon the completion of a player’s move, he presses the button on his side of the clock, and thereby activates his opponent’s clock. In a time control situation, one has to beware of phrases like ‘time trouble’ and ‘time pressure.’ When one is required …To continue reading, login with an active account or subscribe now.