What Winnie the Pooh can teach you about chess

When I was little I would sleep with a Winnie the Pooh doll that my mom made for me.  I loved that doll! 

Today I would like to share with you the beginning of the book “Winnie the Pooh” by A. A. Milne.

HERE is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
   It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.
   And then he feels that perhaps there isn’t. Anyhow, here he is at the bottom, and ready to be introduced to you.

   This is a great start to the story, and a great metaphor!
   Aren’t we all Winnie the Pooh?
   Don’t we all need to stop and think about what we’re doing, and how we could probably do things a little bit better?
   With our chess games, playing game after game, and making the same mistakes over and over, never correcting them, can be like bumping our heads going down the stairs.
   Being stuck at the same rating for years, and never making any progress, but knowing in the back of your head that there might be a better way is similar to what went through Pooh’s brain for a brief moment.
   The next time you play a chess game, why not put into a chess computer, like Fritz, and see what it says about it.  Or show it to a stronger player and get their feedback.  Or really look closely at it yourself to see where you went wrong.
   Don’t just look at your best games, victories and brilliant moves, but also look closely at the blunders, and learn from them, and vow to never make the same mistake twice in a game!  

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