Last week 49 year old Jamie Moyer picked up a well earned win for the Colorado Rockies, the baseball team here. My friend and super active chess player Dean Brown was there to watch it live.
- He’s smart. He doesn’t strike people out.
- He gets them to hit the ball to his defense.
- He doesn’t make avoidable mistakes (walking batters)
Meanwhile Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox pitched the 21st Perfect Game in Baseball’s 100+ year history.
- He doesn’t make avoidable mistakes (walking players)
- doesn’t try striking out the opposition.
- He wants the batter to hit the ball to his guys.
He almost certainly won’t be pitching when he’s 40 but like Jamie Moyer he doesn’t make the careless, obvious, avoidable mistakes.
In chess it is the same way. You can win a lot of games just by not making the careless, obvious, avoidable mistakes.
You don’t always have to try and overpower your opponent. You don’t have to be flashy. You don’t have to be overly clever. Just be consistent, and try to make a good move on each turn.