Comparing life to an 8 by 8 board of course is irrational… Lets look at the next one.
In life, you can’t control the board.
What chess teaches is causal thinking, effects follow the cause… I propose like chess that contemplating the outcomes and calculating and planning gives us a measure of control and people who play chess tend to have higher incomes, have achieved higher education and tend to have higher then average life choices. there are over 600 million chess players world wide and I suggest it is 1500 years because it improves our ability to manipulate and control what we are capable of manipulating and controlling. Life is in no way a board at the same time the board is teaching us to think logically and plan and understand that our personal actions have consequences.