Originally posted by robbie carrobie
There is an indefinable mysterious power that pervades everything. I feel it, though
I do not see it. It is this unseen power which makes itself felt and yet defies all proof
because it is so unlike all that I perceive through my senses. It transcends the
But it is possible to reason out the existence of god to an [unintelligible] e ...[text shortened]...
reason. All that I can advise is not to attempt the impossible.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
There is an indefinable mysterious power that pervades everything on the chessboard. I feel the power of Dynamism, though I do not see it although it is unveiled by the Super GMs. It is this unseen power, the Dynamism, which makes itself felt and yet defies all proof because it is so unlike all that I perceive on the chessboard through my senses. It transcends the senses.
But it is possible to reason out the existence of god to an [unintelligible] exchange. Even in basic endgame positions we know that people do not know what rules, or why, and how it rules the position. And yet they know, thanks to Dvoretsky et al, that there is a Dynamism that certainly rules.
In my tour last year in Moscow I met many average club players and I found upon inquiry that they did not know what element rules the chessboard. They simple said some GMs ruled it. If the knowledge of these players was so limited about Strategy, Tactics and Dynamism, I, who am infinitely a patzer, need not be surprised if I do not realize the presence of Dynamism, the king element of the most crucial elements.
Nevertheless I do feel as the average club players felt about Dynamism, that there is orderliness on the chessboard. There is an unalterable law governing everything and every position that existed, exists or will arise. It is not a blind law, for no blind law can govern the conduct of the chessmen. And thanks to the marvelous researches of Quality Chess, it can now be proved that even a seemingly dull position is ruled by Dynamism.
That Dynamism then which governs all the positions, is god. Strategy and Tactics are one. I may not deny the Strategy and the Tactics because I know so little about them, just as my denial or ignorance of the existence of Dynamism will avail me nothing. Even so, my denial of Dynamism and its elements will not liberate me from its operation. Whereas, humble and mute acceptance of the Super GMs’ authority makes chess’s journey easier even as the acceptance of Strategy and Tactics the Royal Game under it easier.
I do dimly perceive that whilst all the positions I perceive are ever fully analyzed, ever guiding, there is underlying all that change a quality that is changeless, that holds all the elements together; that creates, dissolves, and recreates variations. That informing power of spirit is Dynamism. And since nothing else that I see merely through the senses can or will persist, Dynamism alone is.
And if this power is benevolent or malevolent as regards a position, I see it as purely benevolent. For, I can see that in the midst of severe time pressure, the position persists. In the midst of untruth, truth persists. In the midst of darkness, light persists. Hence I gather that Dynamism is life, truth, light. Dynamism is the essence of the Royal Game. Dynamism is the supreme element. But, Dynamism is no god who merely satisfies the Super GMs, if it ever does. Dynamism to be Dynamism must rule the heart of the chess player and transform it. It must express itself in ever smallest act of his evaluation. This can only be done through a definite realization more real than the five senses can ever prove use.
Plans and variations can be and often are false and deceptive however real they may appear to us. Where there is realization outside the senses it is [imperial?], it is proved not by extreme extraneous evidence, but in the transformed conduct and character of the Super GMs who have felt the real presence of Dynamism within. Such testimony is to be found in the experiences of an unbroken line of GMs in all countries and climes. To reject this evidence is to deny the Royal Game. This realization is preceded by an immovable faith whilst we are seeking the truth within the position. He who would in his own person, test the fact of Dynamism’s presence, can do so by studing at first Suba’s Dynamic Chess Strategy.
And since faith on Dynamism itself cannot be proved by extraneous evidence, the safest course is to believe in the moral government of the chessboard and the chessmen and therefore in the supremacy of the law of the Stratagems, the law of the Tactical Opening, Middlegame and Endgame Combinations and the passion for the Royal Game. Exercise of plans and variations based on concrete evaluation will be the safest where there is the clear determination summarily to reject all that is contrary to plans and variations that do not hold.
I confess that I have no argument to convince through reason. Faith in Dynamism transcends reason. All that I can advise is not to attempt the impossible.