Many people who don’t even follow chess know Bruce Pandolfini. Generally considered the Super-Grandmaster of chess teachers, his books teach you how to think. In the most basic cliché terms he teaches you how to fish, he does not give you a fish.
This morning on Facebook Bruce shared a list of twelve “Pando-isms.” My first thought on seeing them is that they are what Dorothy Parker, the Patron Saint of Smartass, might have said if she played chess. They are common-sense ideas, with just a bit of jaded bravado and in-your-face humor that makes you retain the lesson. While chess is a complicated sport (art, science, religion, obsession, but NOT mere game), it is a rare resource that distills the complexities into easy-to-use (and remember)material.
Here is the list, reproduced with permission of the author: