I found a box of old chess books that I hadn’t touched in 15 years. After flipping thru some dog-eared pages of classic games, I realized I missed playing and decided to get back into it. I started by downloading a chess “tactics” application on my phone to use during my train ride to and from the office. Chess tactics are move sequences in which your opponent is not able to respond to all threats – thereby giving you the advantage. These move sequences reinforce core chess fundamentals such as “discovered attack”, “pins”, “skewers” and “forks” to name just a few. The tactics app starts by presenting a board position and asks for the next “best move.” The better you are at recognizing and applying core fundamentals, the more successful you will be in determining the next best move. In chess, (and most anything these days) there are helpful guidelines to start you off on the right foot. For example, “play to control the center of the board”, “don’t sacrifice without a clear and adequate reason”, “develop your knights and bishops first & don’t bring your queen out too early” are just a few to keep in mind.