The Qualities of Great Chess Graphics
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This website is dedicated to everything and anything related to graphical depictions of chess games, strategies, alternative decision maps, and chess-related thinking patterns. Now, that sounds pretty dry and, let’s face it, we’re all adults here, pretty nerdy and geeky. Well, believe it or not, these graphics can actually help you become a clearer thinker.
What if I told that most people think in sloppy terms? I’m not saying that they’re dumb, I’m not saying that they’re stupid, I’m not saying that they are easy to manipulate or any kind of negative conclusion you might be thinking of. Instead, we are trained, through social media, through the way a software is stacked up and presented, as well as through mainstream media images, and sadly, educational materials, to be sloppy thinkers.
Now, I wish I could tell you that this is just a simple matter of going from Point A to Point B. That, of course, means you are a person who goes through the path of least resistance. I can’t blame you.
I mean, if presented with a choice where Choice A means you have to exert a lot of effort to get to a conclusion and Choice B where you just jump straight to a conclusion, I would say that most people would pick Choice B. It takes less energy, it definitely takes less thinking, and, let’s face it, most of us do not have the luxury of time.
When was the last time you agonized over a fairly straightforward decision like which shirt to wear? Exactly. You don’t do that. You have a certain pattern. You have a certain theme that you go with, and you just run with the ball. That’s how most people think and that has a strong practical component to it.
But you have to be careful because if you think on an automatic basis, it becomes habitual. Eventually, you start applying that thinking strategy to places and situations where it should not be applied. Do you see how this works?
That’s perfectly fine if you’re just picking which sandals, shoes, or shirts to take. But when it comes to picking the right person to marry, sticking to your religion or not, picking the right job, picking the right project, which may make or destroy your career, you can’t think in sloppy terms.
Now, what does this all have to do with chess graphics? I would say everything because chess graphics are all about decision making processes. They’re not just there to clearly and effectively highlight what’s going on in a chess game.
Now, that’s what it seems to look like, but in the eyes of somebody who plays chess passionately, when you look at chess game graphics, you are actually clued into the possibilities that are present in any portion of the game.
Just because the game progressed to one side losing, it doesn’t take away from the fact that people can see that the losing side could have gotten away from that sad and sorry conclusion. In fact, it could have easily been the other way around. They could have won the game because there were several crucial points, thanks to the game graphics, where they could have turned the tide.
The qualities of great chess graphics really boils down to communicating this truth. It’s all about clueing people in as to how many different decisions could have led to a different outcome.
If I just wanted to see chess graphics telling me that one side lost, pretty much any graphic can do that. You don’t even need a fancy production. You can just do that with very stylistically simple or stripped down symbols. It’s almost like a graphical version of Zen philosophy.
But high quality chess graphics point to possibilities. You don’t have to scan, you don’t have to extend yourself, and you don’t have to be a hero about it. Everything is spelled out because just by looking at the different progressions and the different parts of the game, you can see what’s going to happen. That’s how it works.