Game Of Chess On Bangalore Roads

Chess afficiandoes are very familiar with strategies of opening, middle and end game. The deeply intellectual feeling, chess evokes and the euphoria of winning the game over an opponent. Employ these strategies over and above the usual follies either side can commit. That euphoria is now matched only by beating the Bangalore traffic in reaching your destination in a decent enough timeframe.
As you leave home or your start point, you need to have mastered all the opening moves, the routes that you can take to reach the destination. e4…e5, well that is but just the first level of graduation for all the novices, who start off with a minimal plan and knowledge of alternate routes to be taken. The google maps or your own navigation app does help a lot, but knowing the terrain well is deeply important, as they fend you off to a dirt track or a messier route, if you are careless. Even better an opening strategy is to pick an early morning start or a mid-day run that can compensate for lack of planning.
The travail starts if you have picked the peak hours and about little way into the route you take, you have the massive pile up of cars and buses, not to mention the other sundry vehicles of all hues, to challenge your brains to pick the alternate route. Nxc6 check … ka8, the middle game attacks, patience as in chess is highly recommended, plan and replan with a deep breath and do not lose your temper any time ever. Use the google maps, all tools and apps including whatsapp, the FM updates to pick a suitable alternate escape route. The middle game strategy, is the most important, as it is in chess as it is complex with alternatives and often the situation you or the opponent commits the blunders. Nary a chance that you pick that hopefully less crowded road, provided it is not washed away by rains, that gives a smooth pass. You will find it blocked by a cow or a larger vehicle that has equally decided the same route you choose. Well the huge euphoria you can get when you pass by a service road easily to half a kilometer ahead when the main route is clogged, is mostly short lived as you land right at the start point of the pile up. Not to mention the dug up road from last night of what you always believed to be just newly laid and good for the year ahead. Chess games teach each one of us the virtues of deep thinking through the middle game, nothing should be left to chance. Given all the tools and apps, I am sure it is a novice who should be left trapped in these “chakravyuh” you can barely go back from more than midway through to your destination. But presuming you have done all, that can possibly be thought through on, you ought to be on the way to be the victor in this battle with the Bangalore traffic, if you discount your frayed nerves and exhausted feel.
The end game is usually the most interesting of it all, with just the last stretch, the proverbial “last mile” to go. Typically all powers and pieces are gone, you have to trust what you have is, what gets you through. But as in chess beware of strategies of the end game, there certainly can be the impossible 40 min pile up that should have been a 5 min run. So yet again keep watching the Google map updates of the traffic delays and if you see even the slimmest chance of the last mile turning monstrous, take a detour if you can around half the city, or park your car at the nearest parking area and walk it… Pawn to h8 queen, you know the huge smile you can sport that says you outsmarted your opponent even in the last stretch.
All in all, each day, twice a day you certainly can feel the adrenaline pump with the same spirit of a tennis star, the athletic Olympians if you keep the positive spirit in it all. Never let the yogic you go off guard for that will be easiest victory the most omnipotent opponent of ours looks for. Enjoy the ride each day knowing that you are winning the race daily..!!


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