Tuesday, March 24, 2015

‘Chess is life’

The Chess Game by Sofonisba Anguissola.
© Wikimedia Commons
American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, who wrested the world championship crown from Boris Spassky of Russia in 1972, famously said, “Chess is life.” I couldn't agree more. Chess is the greatest game or sport ever invented. It’s beautiful and brilliant, and very addictive. It has everything—action, mystery, and adventure, strategy and intelligence, conspiracy and murder, courage and cowardice, and loyalty and betrayal. A game of chess is both entertaining and educating; you can have fun on the board even as you learn tactics in management. All it requires is oodles of patience, nerves of steel, and a real passion for the game.

I have been playing chess for more than forty years and I have never been bored. If anything, I have only derived more pleasure from the game and grown wiser to its infinite possibilities. It is unfortunate that so few people play this extraordinary game today. One-on-one physical chess is almost unheard of. I don’t know what I’d have done if it hadn't been for computer and online chess. Playing the game with a complete stranger in some remote corner of the world is the next best thing to a face-to-face encounter.

Over the years I have discovered something else—chess is a terrific stress reliever; an excellent remedy for a tired mind and body.

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