There is no advantage in moving first when it comes to chess !


    Chess is the most enduring game which is battle of human intuition versus computing. It is a game of equality with full of dynamism. Moving first in chess always gives an advantage to the player. From the ancient days, it is the right given to the White. In any game of chess, White makes the first move. It is the inherit asset to the player (White). First move advantage without deeper intuitive understanding of the game does not turn the seemingly drawn position into victories. First move helps the player to avoid early game crisis but it cannot persists till the end game. If the player (either white or black) understands the psychology behind chess and knows his opponent’s playing style, White has impeccable way of forcing his opponent to resign by strangling their position and tying their pieces in knots.


    It is always said that the player who makes the first move is more likely to win in a game of chess but that is only mere perception and it has nothing to do with facts. In games between novice and in blitz game, White does not have significant advantage. The player (white) who makes the first move gains the chance to coax the opening stage of the game in the way he/she want, he/she can develop his/her pieces faster this way but if Black is successful in deciphering his/her moves, White’s strategy and first move advantage goes in vain. First move also add an intimidation factor to the natural talent of the player, but that doesn’t mean the player (white) is able to avoid psychological lapses and he can maintain high standard of play. First move has an edge in chess, but it is not significant enough to force a victory with optimal play. If black makes one or two inaccurate move, that is not enough for white to score the full point with perfect play. First move give players chance to lay a bait for their opponents but trapping of the opponent depends on the player. Many famous chess player has endorsed that even though white makes first move, it doesn’t give white more chance of winning in chess. White attacks first, and gets a total of 20 unrestrained first moves possibly while black’s moves have limited moves based on White’s first move. As long as the first mover is keeping up with the initiative they had taken, he/she controls the game but the moment they loses the control, they are ruined. Black and White both have to fight for restoring equilibrium in the game of chess. First move do not facilities the player to play powerfully into the sides and center. Black can’t apply the same strategy in games as White, even if they do they will be always a step behind as white always has first move luxury. Black has to anticipate their moves after white’s first move, whereas White’s first move is fully free of anticipation. Despite these reasons, strong counter measures and counter attacks by Black always gives them an upper hand in a game. With latent potential and killer moves, Black can equalize the game. A minor mistake by Black or White have more serious consequences in chess. First moves are sometimes known as the drawing weapons but they are not success weapons.


    Chess is the most unpredictable game, first move does not give white a better chance to exploit informational or directional advantages. Smart players are able to not to telegraph their strategies to their opponents by concealing their action despite the fact that they moved first or not. First mover rarely dominates the game. A first move which is elegant but deadly by the players gives them a very slim chance at winning but for that he/she needs consistent performance throughout the game. All the above mentioned facts stems from the reason that there is no advantage in moving first in chess.

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