Chess: more than a game

(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)

(Feel free to comment on the reblog)

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15 Responses to Chess: more than a game

  1. Some amazing thinking and writing! You getting at this? That God gives us courage to do the one or few things He has in mind for us, and to make the kinds of moves we were designed for, for our Saviour, our King? I agree. Good thing He takes care of us in this battle! (I don’t play chess or any other game except electronic ones, which I had to swear off) God bless you, ColorStorm!

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    • ColorStorm says:

      You are way too kind Maria with the laurels, but thanks for ‘getting it.’ There are soooo many nuances of the game, that translate easily into the life we have, and there is no such thing as an insignificant or meaningless move.

      Every thing has a purpose for One greater, and I can tell ya, if you understand the rules, and the strategy, its even better. Each piece has a purpose, and nothing is hidden from the king 😉

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.”

    In the verses following that…substitute pawn, rook, knight and bishop for foot, hand, ear and eye. God’s chessboard.

    I’m pretty darn glad to be a pawn for God..just saying.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yessir Wally,

      To borrow from your James series, we would be the simple ‘footmen,’ just a pawn, but one used by the Lord, eh.

      And the bishop couldn’t say to the rook: I have no need of thee…………….

      Life is obviously more than a game, but the principles are many, as you alluded to .Run the race………….weapons are not carnal, man, the post could go on forever.

      I’m with ya, but now sanctified pawns!

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      • Wally Fry says:

        By the way ColorStorm…thanks for making me think. You always challenge me and its very invigorating. Hurts my poor head sometimes, but thanks anyway LOL.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Now you got me worried….. I would sooo not like to be responsible for giving you a concussion, because of prolixity or ambiguity. 😉

          So maybe you better help a brother out here so I don’t cause further trauma- lol

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  3. Nicely said, Colorstorm! I think this speaks well to the importance of knowing which chess piece you are. A pawn can take down a queen, indeed. Sometimes people are so busy trying to be the chess piece they aren’t, they miss out on discovering all the skills they really have. It just doesn’t work to have knights moving diagonally, castles going anywhere they want, the queen jumping people as if she were a knight…. 😉

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Spoken like you know this game. Good stuff ib.

      ‘what piece you are….’ What comfort that brings, knowing your place in the kingdom of God yes?

      Queen jumping?? lol She is though quite the danger on the loose….

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  4. Terri says:

    This is amazing! As always your post grabbed my attention and held it to the end. I love the way you used the game of chess to show how every single one of us has an important job in the kingdom and we all work together for the King 🙂

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful attention Terri; it is so good to put something on ‘paper,’ and reach somebody such as you, who sees the intent.

      You are right too, no such thing as an unimportant work. Anything done unto the Lord is huge. I like your capital ‘K.’

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  5. Wow what a great illustration! All the pieces serve the King, must work together for victory and be willing to sacrifice themselves for their King – loved this one Colorstorm!!!

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yep, kind of like the ‘body,’ what I left out was the grace that the King exhibits when the men (and women) make careless mistakes, and He says not a word.

      tkx B

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  6. Planting Potatoes says:

    very keen observations of a game I love so much! I was a tournament player until I had a stroke – forgot most of the game – but just last year I dared to start playing again – it has been humbling – but when I can mate a king with a pawn – after having to sacrifice all else – I am reminded how much strength God gives even us pawns! 🙂 Great post!

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  7. ColorStorm says:

    Reblogged this on The Lions Den and commented:

    Dedicated to Salvageable and Citizen Tom, who appreciate the most wondrous game of all. Written some time back, but certain things do not change; truth is like that. Steady. Reliable. Verifiable.

    Enjoy.

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