Robustness

I discovered today that my blog has been the victim of a ‘spam injection attack’. So I’ve had to reinstall WordPress and put everything back together bit by bit. Fortunately I’ve got fairly good backups so hopefully not too much damage has been done.

This reminds me that one of the best ways to stay disaster free on the chess board is to be as robust as possible in one’s operations.

Things always go wrong at some time but by so that when things do go wrong they won’t necessarily be fatal. So solid openings in which a small slip won’t necessarily be fatal are more robust than something trendy and razor sharp. And not running oneself horribly short of time will reduce the chances of blundering in the last hour.

The same thinking can be applied to other areas too, such as one’s health and finances. And with regard to WordPress web sites it’s probably better to keep third party plugins to a minimum.

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Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: