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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