Life Themes Through Chess

(continued from May 12 article by Monkmoonman)

In “Life On a Chessboard,” dyslexic eighth grader, Steven Hanson, learns that the game of chess teaches many valuable life-lessons.

Life Themes in Steven’s Character Development:

Being There

Pawns can do more than capture; they support your pieces and block your opponent’s.  It’s not just where his pieces are that matters, it’s where they aren’t.  Sometimes just showing up gains a lot in life.

Emotions

You lost that game because you were angry at your teacher, and you let it spill over onto the chessboard.  An angry mind is a stupid mind.  If you’re emotional, don’t play.  Go off running or take a long walk.

Priorities

Some things are more important than others.  Some things can wait; some things can’t.  Helping a friend in need is one of those that can’t wait.  Take care of the most important things in your life first.  Learn to prioritize.

Fairness

Life isn’t fair.  Whoever told you it would be?  You do the best you can with what you’ve got.  See that soldier with the cane?  He has no eyes.  You have two eyes, two legs, two arms, and a brain that allows you to play chess, and still you complain.  Stop bitching and get over it.

*Excerpts taken from “Thematic Chess Notions,” by Jeff Guenther – Eight Great Storytellers.

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