Wednesday, October 5, 2011
‘Unpredictable’ is the most dangerous word! : a life lesson in chess
Back when I was in school and lived with my mom-dad, i used to play a lot of chess. The best one’s were with my dad because to me he was THE best player in the whole wide world, I guess still is, he taught me how to play and beat me to it EVERY SINGLE TIME.
If you haven’t played chess, well that says a lot about you. And if like me you call the pieces something else in your language, well click here for the ENGLISH guide
He would be back from office and I would be ready with the chess board, partially to skip the studying for the night, boasting about the new move that I have learned and I can take his queen within minutes and subsequently the game. I firmly believed that the winning-loosing equation tilts heavily in favor of a player if he can take opponents queen.
One-day things changed and HOW?
That was Friday I guess, don’t remember but dad was happy and I was waiting for him with the chess board.
Dad - “you will loose again. Go learn new moves and then we will play,” he was laughing
Me- “I have learnt new move in times of India, some grandmaster wrote it, your queen is gone in minutes” I felt bad being toyed with like that
Dad- “you know chess is much more than just about the queen, even a knight can make your king sweat, it is unpredictable which the queen can never be”
Me – “ya raaite! Nothing beats the queen”
Game began; I was trying to get that move right and was completely ignorant of my other pieces. As the rule in chess goes ‘if you cant see two steps ahead, you have lost the game already’, he took my knight and bishop but I managed to save my queen by sacrificing some pawns, I needed to set that string of chances where the move could be useful.
Dad – “are you sure that guy was a grandmaster because I don’t see a difference in your play at all”
Me- “keep playing, we will see who wins”
Dad- “you know why knight is more powerful than the queen?”
I had no idea he had planned the move already, and had all my important pieces covered so I was confident.
Dad- …”and if you see to it, no matter how much you look, their will always be 1 direction where you will miss its reach and there you loose your piece”
Me – “its really not that important, it can jump and 2 and half boxes,thats no big deal, there are only 4 at a given time”
I was getting defensive and could sense the defeat, but I had my queen with me so a little hopeful
Dad suddenly picked up the knight and I held my breath.
Dad- “here you missed this jump, check-mate!”
'DAMN!' i went but He was speaking continuously.things were going dramatic
“think of it as a lesson in chess and life, unpredictability is any day better than strength, ”
I couldn't say anything, I smiled
have you learned a life lesson while playing chess, do share