(Yea, I know, this is written at the risk of being scoffed at but that’s ok, some people will glean nuggets of truth, and may even be caught smiling)
It’s hard to say where the game of chess originated, as China and Persia had rights, but most say it began in India. Some have even suggested the royal game precedes the life and times of Christ. Being somewhat of a military theme, the 1500 plus year old game is bar none, the finest created by man. There is a genius regarding rules and strategy that is so impressive, Bobby Fischer said ‘chess was life.’
There are two kingdoms, with one king living as the great pretender. One board 64 squares, 2 ranks of men, with freedom to roam through 8 files; the pawn, knight, bishop, rook, queen, all serve life and limb for the sake of the king.
A masterful and intense game of bravado, deception, offense, defense, confederacy, patience, temptation, sacrifice, memory, intuition, and skill, all called into use for the service of the king.
You must stay focused at all times, as well as be alert to the treachery of your opponent. Not all his moves are deceptive, and that is the danger of complacency.
The lowly pawn (one of eight) if underestimated can bring down the mighty queen. The bishop (one of two) spends its life on the same color. He complains not of his diagonal life, and he of all men, has a razor focus which is remarkable. The rook occupies a rank or file and enjoys the freedom to take steps of one through seven, and his power is hidden in the ability to castle, which he uses with restraint and caution.
The knight, also called a horse, is the most interesting because of its L shaped move. The only piece which can leap over another, and can bring nightmares to the opponent being able to cover many squares. Two knights working together? The combination of strength and unity is unequalled and reveals the beauty of fellowship and truth: there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Some say the queen is the most powerful, for she combines the moves of the bishop, rook, and pawn, but the most important piece? maybe, but the king must have the preeminence, so the piece with the most power is simply the one you are moving.
Indeed the king must be protected, and he is ‘mated,’ when he can no longer move without being in jeopardy, or as it is known, ‘in check.’ The king is dead! is the cry of the winner. Checkmate.
In the end, there can only be one king, and the mightier one always prevails.
All pieces therefore work together for good, with a singular purpose in the service of the king. Some of the men will lose their lives having never seen the king, for like the pawn in the second rank, he can only see from afar, and has limited vision, but his importance as a small soldier cannot be underestimated.
Some pawns think they are of little use, but the king knows how important the little fella’s are for the latter parts of the game. There are alliances formed within rank and file, and the power of an innocuous, yet properly placed man has frustrated many an adversary, and yielded tremendous reward.
There is a natural danger of appearing too aggressive, like a young buck sporting his horns, only to be brought down because of his pride by a lurking
archer bishop. Yes, one must advance, but needs to be wary so as not to break the defense, for your foe seeks your demise as well.
Truly the queen in all her stately disposition, is feared by he who sits across the table, for she can terrorize an entire board simply by doing nothing. You do not want to be on the receiving end of her scorn, but to have her as an ally, is the greatest of comforts.
At all costs, the pieces surrender to a greater cause, for the king will reward all the efforts of they who served him. Many a pawn has heard ‘well done thou good and faithful servant’ by the king. It is enough to hear such words from a king who has no equal.
He is moved with appreciation when the rook takes down a knight, and smiles (and is sad) when his meek and lowly pawn brings down the iron lady. The king is the only piece which can move one square, and He does so having in view all of his kingdom. If he desires, he can also win the game having never moved, as he would then be appreciative of all who served, and of they who gave lives.
Chess! A game like no other.
(coming next: higher education)
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