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There are many deep lessons to be taken from chess. At its heart it’s a competition between you and an adversary and that’s what we all face every day. Sometimes, if you’re really unlucky, the adversary is putting you at risk of physical harm, but our everyday adversaries tend to be either less pugilistic confrontations with others or more often with internal struggles to overcome our own weaknesses. If we’re smart we can take the abstract lessons available from playing chess and apply them in search of solutions to our real-world problems. For example:

Chess teaches you to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good and it trains you to think objectively when you’re in trouble.

Now there’s a couple of handy little life lessons right off the bat.

Let’s look at what the game offers us. There’s a board, eight squares by eight. This represents territory. It is bounded, thus restrictiong our options when it comes to the available moves we can make. There’s two players, you and our aforementioned adversary. Each player has a set of pieces which are a form of resource to be used in the upcoming confrontation. The set of pieces is comprised of various characters each with their own strengths and weaknesses - some are disposable cannon fodder: low cost, low value; others are powerful yet marked as highly prized targets, and thus vulnerable.

Our aim is to use our resources to overcome those of our adversary and thus claim victory. To do so, we must get to know our resources, the constraints of the territory in which they and we will operate and crucially, the mind of our adversary.

Let’s meet our pieces.