When I stumbled upon this wonderful glass chess set at the Jonathan Adler store in University Village, Seattle the other day it got me to thinking. Funny life is always talking to you when you stop to listen...
My fascination with chess started in earnest back in the late 70s, early 80s. Though I haven’t played in several years, the game has remained an important part of my critical thinking. I remember back in 1981 when I was at Cornish School of the Arts on Capitol Hill in Seattle, I bought an electronic Fidelity Chess Challenger. I really learned a lot about chess with this wonderful little computer board.
I didn’t buy the beautiful crystal set, it was around $785.00. But it conjured up some lessons I learned about chess and life over the years...
Life is all about the planning and the moves. If you think about it, but not too much, you'll get there. Just give it your best, know you're not alone, enjoy what you're doing, put your good karma out there, mean well, do good, and remember it's not 'all' about you. It's 'also' about them, your community.
Ten Things I learned playing chess...
1. Play the board, not the person.
2. Learn the basics and master your openings
3. Don’t get too married to a system. Have backup plans, remain flexible.
4. Like life, sometimes you just get stuck and all choices seem bad.
5. Gain is made with sacrifice. If it’s the game you want to win, you’re gonna lose some pieces.
6. Opponents do weird stuff and make mistakes too!
7. Don’t get so focused on a skirmish you forget the big picture and what you’re trying to accomplish.
8. If you feel you’re getting pinned in adjust and get out of it. Don’t procrastinate!
9. Always keep the whole board in mind and consider your options.
10. Sometimes you just don’t know what to do, yet something has to happen. Learn from your mistakes.
Enjoy the weekend! I just might have to get that old Chess Challenger out of the closet. I still have it!