Chess is probably the only game that has no element of second chance in it, life is kind of like that too. Wouldn’t you agree? Why would we say that chess is a metaphor for life..
Lets say that the 16 white pieces of the Chess are yours and its ‘You’ who is directing and deciding each move while the 16 black pieces on the other side is ‘The Dark Side’ of life; say the biases, the temptations and all the uncertainties.
Interpreting the existence of each piece:
The Queen: Being the power of nature and reflecting the light of the King, the Queen represents your long term life goals. A good game shall happen only when you focus well on your long term goals. Also, there is absolutely no point in playing the game without the Queen. How do you go through life without making goals? They are just dreams with deadlines, just don’t forget to reach to them.
The King: This piece is your greatest asset. Your character, your deeper self and the divine spark within you. The most powerful yet the most vulnerable to attack. Just like our thoughts. Thought creates character. And well sometimes character is higher than the intellect. A great soul shall live long and think strong.
The Pawns and The Rooks: In everyone’s life there are assets that play a role, a role smaller or greater but vital enough to mark its existence. For some, Time is one such asset that is loved, cared and used well. Similarly there is health, family, education, art that leaves its own sweet mark on an individuals life. Generally, Pawns are the ones that help you grow, lead your way through life without turning back and once you are there on the other end, you shall transform in the Queen. Whereas the Rook takes only the straight path. Sometimes we tend to take the road that is comfortable to us, we seldom hatch a plan and stick to it. We don’t want to be thrown off or get unsuccessful and find something for ourselves that sets our life well. It is to be pondered upon that straight paths only take us so far and sometimes it may call for us to venture down a side road and see what is in store.
The Bishop: Staying on their own color throughout the game, these pieces could be on the other side at this instance and suddenly back in its own block. Life is full of uncertainties, unexpected things can happen. Just as quickly as people come into your life, they can be gone in a heartbeat. So while they are there; make the most of those moments.
The Knight: This one can make moves even which the Queen can’t. Its got the power, the madness and the tag underdog. And this is the secret to their success. So, tell me are you the Knight of your life?
Continuing with the game board, what if ‘The Dark Side’ invades ‘You’? Are you finished? That is where the hero steps in, that is the forethought. The right foresight and the thought shall take you really far because the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and most importantly the correct one. Since you are the one with the white pieces and you get make your first move, think smart and think right because in life and chess there are no take backs.
Eventually to win chess or the game of life, you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with knowledge and insight. You may never really know when you are winning or losing until you keep learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way. To be the smart ‘You’ and not let the dark side invade you, you have to be each and every piece within the game called life which shall lead you to a definitive victory. But you shall learn much from defeat too. Because,
“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.”
– Issac Asimov.