My brother-in-law still teases me about the time I invited him to play a “quick game of chess”. Right. Like such a thing exists, unless of course I’m your opponent. More recently, I had the opportunity to learn a little more about this masterful diversion from my niece’s husband. Naturally, I still didn’t win, which in my case was not really the point. And, let’s be real, the man’s an engineer and actually understands the game.
One of the few things I do understand about chess is that sometimes you have to sacrifice certain pieces to gain access to others as part of an overall strategy to conquer the opposition. (I like that word “conquer” since we’re dealing with kings, queens, knights, and the like, things we Americans are not overly acquainted with except in our video games and whatever else Hollywood feeds us.)
But the concept of sacrificing for a greater good is not altogether foreign, especially Continue reading “Chess—the game of kings (and queens, and castles, and bishops, and….)”