Life, like chess...

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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, like chess

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!

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Hi Barbara Todaro ... And to become 2nd nature takes practice practice ;O)

Jun 05, 2016 10:01 AM #57
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Thanks Beth Atalay ... indeed, it's true, keep that thinking cap on and running!

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Agreed Patricia Feager ... And a great thought you have and one I have thought about often, as a teacher... We need to teach strategy to kids, early in their life, so they get good at it when they enter into life after school. Thanks!

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Thanks Grant Schneider ... Love games like chess that parallel life and give us a construct to deal with life's intricacies... 

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Hi Kristin Johnston, Waukesha County Realtor 414-254-6647 ... Thanks! It was a fun post to write!

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Hi Sam Shueh ... It's true... But like Michael Jackson said, "You gotta be bad before you can be good!" It took me a good couple of years before I had enough experience to feel I was any good at all... I kept playing the person and fell for the psychology and wit of the player and lost my focus on the actual board. Playing that electronic Chess Challenger really helped me a lot, actually. I'd lose more times than not, especially at the higher levels, but it was private and saved me a lot of embarrassment.  

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Hi Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner ... Thanks! Like chess, like traffic! ;O) I remember driving up from San Diego with my son and we hit rush hour in Los Angeles... Oh my! It was totally #10! 

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Hello Rene ...

I almost missed this great post and very interesting photo, congrats on the feature from The Gods ;o)

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Thanks Bob... Robert Vegas Bob Swetz !! And thanks for the feature!!

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This is a great post Rene Fabre - Those of us who have played the game understand that it really does hone your skills in other areas of your life.  Thanks for sharing this!

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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE ... Thanks! Chess was a wonderful life lesson for me. It's probably responsible for me becoming a much more well rounded student! And being a composer, I really learned a lot through chess about moving forward with strategy, and process.

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#5 and #10 are my favorites. Thanks Rene for the post & smile.

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Thanks Lyn Sims ! You bet ;O)

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Wonderful post!  I found myself nodding in agreement.  :)

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Thanks Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities ... !!

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I've never played chess - but the points you make are valid observations about life and how to live it successfully. 

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Thanks Marte Cliff ... They are kind of universal in my book. Like Spock, I think about logic, but I'm a Picses, and my logic often comes from emotion, how I feel at the time, and resonates around music. I hear, sense, logic, I'm not a scientist per say that only makes decisions via the lab and big data. Simple truths rule in my book, then go as deep as you will... Thank you for your input. It's valued! And thanks for stopping by!

 

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Both boys learned at 2 and 5. Love the points you have made. L

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Another wonderful and philosophical post from you. :) 

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That is an excellent list of lessons.  While I have never learned life lessons from the chess board I have learned quite a few on the golf course!

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