Control of the Center by Davis W. Morton

CONTROL OF THE CENTER / 1996 / oil on canvas / 38" x 38"  SOLD... Read a painting comment below...

     Many people try to take control over other people as a way of winning something. But in chess that's hard to do. Just as there is no luck to hide behind or place to hide our inability, controlling our opponents is not what we need to do. We need to understand why a person makes a move so we can make a better move.
     Far beyond just controlling the center of the board, this is the center of the game itself. It is the source of every players expertise. So in chess, feeling bigger or smaller than another person is just an ego problem. Because being better than our opponents just makes them better chess players as they lose, and some of them will undoubtedly return the favor when they beat us.