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Remembering a Chess Master

There was once a chess master that played against this young lad and won 100% of the time. It started in the beginning with 5 to 10 move combinations that the chess master would use to defeat him. With some improvement for the lad, the games lasted longer than 20 moves.

When the young boy got tired of losing to him, the chess master said he would no longer take out his knights until 10 moves had gone by. Once the knights came out it turned out to be a whipping worse than when the chess master would move his knights in the beginning of the match.

Sometimes the young player would say “please, give me a few more moves before you bring out your knights.”

The chess master would respond, “I have to bring them out sometime.”

As the young player continued to lose to this chess master, he decided he would go around and play other people while trying to pick up something he could use to win against the chess master. All the while, it did not really register with the young player he was defeating every opponent he came in contact with. In some games an opponent would beat him once or twice, but they would not beat him a third time, if ever again. The lad really did not pay attention to these player’s chess rankings he had defeated while in his focused learning mode. Why? Because it just wasn’t good enough in his mind and practice to defeat the chess master.

In the last game the chess master played with the young player it ended in a draw at 15 moves. The chess master said: “You are now good”.  The young chess player wondered why the chess master offered the draw? Sure, all the positions were solid, but the game was still midway through, the lad thought.

That night the young lad told his father that the chess master had moved away, but he played him to a draw.

His father said, “Son, he gave you a gift before he left. He gave you a lesson in humility and dignity.”

“What do you mean Dad?”

“There are times in chess, and you will face this, there are people who will challenge you and because of not knowing fully what they are dealing with, they will lose.”

The son heaves a sigh. “Not this talk again.”

“Yes, and the sooner you accept what I’m telling you, the better off you will be. Here is what I’m going to add about what the chess master did. He knows what he has taught you in chess.” The father laughs, “In his way he is telling you to win, but try to leave a person with their dignity if they allow you.”

“Oh”, the son replies.

“Another thing, people in their pride often underestimate people. They actually think by their will alone they can bend the universe to it. And they will take no account of the King of the universe”, his father chuckles again.

“Father, are we still talking about chess?”

“Son, chess is… I have confidence you will not underestimate your opponents.”

His father continues:

“You will remember these conversations. You will come across lions and bear like men of courage and pride, yet even they may need your help out of whatever they feel they are locked in. During that time, you don’t want to say ‘I told you so.’ But you will offer a way to help them if you can. I see in you now that with your heart’s and mind’s determination you will align yourself with the winning side. Make it easier for these lion-like men to do so. A large number of them in their pride won’t acknowledge their defeat, and just accept a way they can share in the winnings; but in accord with your desire, you will still  let them know when the game is already decided, so that others along the way will know the chess field in your eyes is not about you beating them, but for them to share in the winnings. ”

“Father, how do you know?”

“Son, you have a quality you got from your mother…Also, I know what your Grandmaster knows and I know you.”

His FATHER pauses, You will win in the end

– Remembering a Chess Master

The End

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