Monday, November 24, 2008

Chess vs Life

I recently started playing Chess again (the last time I played, I was in college). It all came back to me quickly and I realized that there were many life lessons in the game:

1) Always be mindful of the "little guy" because even a pawn can become the most powerful piece on the board.
2) Don't make moves until you have a plan - hasty moves can result in costly mistakes.
3) The real threat may be in the distance and waiting for you to make the wrong move.
4) Be mindful of distractions - look at every possible angle.
5) To be successful, you must anticipate your opponents next possible moves and be able to adapt.
6) Don't be baited into making a move - you may lose more than you gain.
7) Sometimes you have to make sacrifices to get what you want.
8) Always protect the things you value - nothing is worse than losing a valuable piece due to carelessness.
9) Always be on the offensive - playing defensively is never going to win the game for you.
10) Always learn from your mistakes.

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1 comment:

olesya said...

in this case you might like this book by Garry Kasparov ( you can added to 1 book per month NY resolution:)
http://www.amazon.com/How-Life-Imitates-Chess-Boardroom/dp/1596913878