Life Lessons from the Game of Chess…#5

Sahityika Poddar
Sep 25, 2018 · 3 min read

Play with silence, speak when you have to say, “CHECKMATE” — speak it loud and clear..

Life is a game which we should play well. To excel in the game of Chess, we must master the game by learning from a person who has already gained the mastery in Chess.

When we get trained by an expert coach, he or she can utilize their experience, their expertise, their wisdom and their realizations, to impart to us the rules, the subtleties, the nuances, of that particular trade.

If we learn the game of chess from a book we gain the textual knowledge but if we learn it from a master he/she adds the context and the meaning to that textual knowledge.

A good master can point out our strengths and invest in it, but the best master will point out our weaknesses and study it, to transform them into our strengths.

In the game of chess, you have to learn the rules and the principles of the game, and then you have to play it better than anyone else.

Similarly, in life, you need to understand the rules and abide by them to live a healthy and beautiful life. You cannot learn all this from your mother’s womb. But their should be a mentor to teach you all of this — not only in the game of chess, but also in the game of life. You need to master the game in order to win it.

All that matters in a chess board is a good move, and that good move will not be inculcated in you automatically. You need a master to train you, you need a master to teach you to fail, you need a master to teach you to learn from your failure. Your good move will come from learning and practicing, both of which requires expert guidance.

Life is a game board,time is your opponent. If you procrastinate you will loose the game. You must make a move, a good move, to be victorious.

The game of chess changes with every move you and your opponent makes. So, mastering every move is essential.

Strategy without patience can be caustic. Patience without strategy can be anemic. Having both strategy and patience is a rare gift, which only a master can inculcate in you.

In the game of life too, if you keep on spending the days without a proper strategy to reach your goal, you can never achieve success. At the same time you will need patience to let your strategy fall into action. So both these virtues are extremely important in life and chess and should be mastered well.

At the end, the most important lesson to be imparted to your own self will definitely come from your losses, not only in the game of chess but also in the game of life, so never be afraid to fail. But always rise back after the failure, to hit hard with double the force.

We learn little from victory, much from defeat.

This marks the end of this series…

I hope all of you loved his series of learning a lot of things from the game of chess. If you did, do not forget to check all the parts and clap for me as many time you can and share it with your friends and family.

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Sahityika Poddar

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