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Chess / By Shelby Lyman

Casey Goff, a defensive coordinator at Salve Regina College in Newport, R.I., confirms that his more aggressive team members are often the most successful.

Football players become more effective, he says, if they physically prepare – especially in the weight room. The capacity for aggression can be developed.

Persistent pressure can demoralize its human target, creating self-doubt and uncertainty.

At their best, chess, other sports, and life itself are about actively and fearlessly pursuing goals. Winning, success and aggression go hand in hand.

The strongest chess players are notable for their relentless pursuit of their adversaries. Emanuel Lasker, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Tal, Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer immediately come to mind.

Bobby Fischer has been described as a “wall advancing,” “an Achilles without an Achilles heel.”

Brimming with good nutrition, generous sleep and superb health, and extraordinary well-prepared and confident, the American tsunami was an inexorable force.

The current world champion Magnus Carlsen is an incarnation who instinctively understands that chess is about struggle, energy and the continuous good fight.

Like Fischer, he keeps coming at you.

His opponents crack under the pressure, making errors, squandering defensive resources, or failing to exploit advantages when they are lucky enough to have them.

Below is win by Sergey Savitskiiy against Sergey Vokarev from the Russian Team Championship in Loo, Russia.

Russian Team Championship

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