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Be the chess player


©Jeff Arnold

Chess is a game of tactics. One where forethought wins. It embodies life skills.

That’s why her grandfather taught her how to play since she was only a child. He said a chess game resembles life in that you shouldn’t waste even a single move.

At first she could never win a game. But like a Japanese proverb says, “we learn little from victory, much from defeat”.

Every movement of the chess pieces had to be carefully planned. It required independent and cautious thinking. She learned to move in silence and only speak when it was time to say ‘checkmate’.


Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment” – Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov


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18 thoughts on “Be the chess player

  1. She’s learned well. It’s true there is a lot to learn from this game

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  2. Smart writing. Chess does challenge the way you think and makes you consider the consequences of your actions.

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  3. Bridge players have a similar saying “You never learn from what you do right”. I enjoyed your story and hope your character is allowed freedom to express herself and not be too restrained.

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  4. Abhijit Ray on said:

    Nice story and great message. Only speak when you are about to win. Checkmate!

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  5. She does sound a little like an assassin! I’m sure chess can help with some life skills but I think life also contains a huge element of the illogical too.
    I love how this reads – cool sparse prose.

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  6. I’m wondering if she grew up to be a contract killer

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  7. It’s a shame fewer and fewer people seem to play or understand chess, it seems it has a lot it could teach us.

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  8. Life skills, yes, but I hope she also learned how to enjoy ordinary childhood things too. Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
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  9. She sounds like someone you might need to be careful around. Nicely drawn character study.

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