Is Life Like a Game of Chess?


For some of you who have never experienced the battle on a chess board, you may enjoy this read enough for it to possibly pique your interest to learn more about the game.  Those who have had the opportunity to play,  you may agree that the game of chess is a battlefield where strategies, sacrifices and tactics are used to win over the opponent. Having loved and played the game for many years, I would have to say  the game of chess is similar to life.

 “CHESS IS LIFE.”  ~ Bobby Fischer

First, I would have to compare the chess board with its squares and boundaries as “life” itself. We are all on the same playing field trying to move in every direction but limited by each others desperate moves to survive. We can only go as far on the board or in “life” as our game plan will allow. Every decision or move made affects our win or loss.  In the game of chess, pieces will get in the way much like obstacles in life. Staying alert and keeping our eyes on the game or goal will help us gain our next move. And much like chess, sometimes we have to give up something in order to advance and move forward.

Secondly, the six pieces of chess are the King, Queen, Rook, Bishop, Knight and Pawn. Most people might think the King or Queen are the most important pieces because they are the most valuable and most protected which is true. But, when playing the game, all the pieces work together; even the smallest piece (the pawn), to help us get ahead in the game. So, even with each piece having a distinct job or move to make, one is no more important than the other. The highest in ranking can fall and the lowest may rise. We are all equal because of our various strategies.

 “AT THE END OF THE GAME, THE KING AND THE PAWN GO BACK IN THE SAME BOX.”  – Italian Proverb

Lastly, the object of the game is to ‘checkmate’ the opponents King which basically means to capture him to the point of having no moves left. This is accomplished by moving each piece in a strategic plan in order to eliminate as many obstacles as possible to gain victory. Similar to life, we keep moving forward trying to eliminate the negatives. Sometimes, even with our best efforts,  the game is a struggle. We get weak. We miss something. We mess up. But, with every mistake and every challenge, we learn to keep moving forward with what we have left. Wins and losses are a part of life.

So, regardless of our position in life… regardless of where we think we rank,

we are all important pieces in the game.

Every piece has its own value and every piece is needed.

NOW IT’S YOUR MOVE!

Is life like a game of chess? You tell me.

Please share your thoughts of any comparisons or contrasts. I’m all ears.

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11 thoughts on “Is Life Like a Game of Chess?

  1. In a way you can say it is, like chess you make mistakes along the way. After you have made a wrong move, you see it and wish you have done something different.

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  2. The analogy is great. I am certainly a novice at chess. However, your description makes me want to go back and start playing again. I have the game on my computer, and the computer usually wins. I do see the comparison and your explanation definitely shines the light on clarity for living this life. The obstacles, the choices and those involved in our lives certainly make for an interesting life, to say the least.

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  3. The way I see it is, ” there’s only one of us here” always and all the time. I give meaning to what I look upon and my perceptions are informed by who I think, believe I am. Life is for living and learning that.

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    • The photo of my chess set is still waiting for that game between my husband and I. We had a match between family members and I was the remaining winner. My husband was to be my next opponent. Ironically, life in the fast lane of moving and transition took over, which has been two years now, is what caused the delay of the game. The pieces remain in wait for their next challenging moves. 🙂

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  4. Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to overlook your question. As far as who the battle is against, sometimes it’s the opponent, sometimes it’s the game itself because of the moves the other person makes, and sometimes it’s against ourselves. We are all facing challenges and we should have a game plan for each. But, mainly because I’m a Christian, I see life getting harder to live due to so many obstacles. Politics, media, wars, hate, crime….and let’s not forget about that little caped man with the pointy fork that was kicked out of heaven, Satan, himself. Most of my poetry, thoughts and writing is about life and how it’s lived. I usually have a positive, victorious outcome…so that’s what I plan for LIFE also. I hope this answers your question. 🙂

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  5. I like your view, as well. I really can’t view it that way, mainly because I can’t swim, so for me, I would always be trying to keep my head above water to survive. LOL Life has so many analogies which fit each of our lives of where we are at the moment. Maybe one day I will learn how to swim and I will feel the flow. But for now, I play chess. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your view. I really appreciate it. 🙂

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  6. I don’t want to see it this way. Life as a battle? Life as something one has to win? Against whom? I can’t see life as a chess game which is a game of battle. For me life is different. I see life in a flow. To use an analogy I see it as a boat trip and we are all rowing along the river in the same direction. Sometimes there are trees fallen over the river or there’s rough water, but if we all work together we will master this challenges and have a happy life.

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