Hereís to Chess. To be skilled in the game of Chess is to be skilled in the game of life. Chess teaches to, first and foremost, know where I stand and where my steps will lead me to stand. It teaches to recognize where I am weak and to recognize where I am strong, it teaches to know where to present my shield and where to point my sword, it teaches when to use my sword as a shield and when to use my shield as a weapon, it teaches me that to present a strength is to present a weakness, it teaches me to take this knowledge and to know precisely when to strike. It teaches that for every move I make a move will be made in response, it teaches that to gain I must sacrifice. It teaches that to masterfully act is as important as to masterfully plan. It teaches that not to win is not to lose and that the loss of an opponent is not my own victory because, as it also teaches, I am my only real opponent. And in the end, it teaches that itís all just a game, the board does not keep tally of wins and losses, it is but a medium.
So hereís to chess. Play on.