March 7, 2011

Chess is life?!

I spent a better part of last night thinking about the analogy between chess and life. It turned out to be a very interesting exercise. As always, images get formed in my head before I can gather the words. So, here is how it appeared to me after some elementary thinking:

Now, it’s time for some words.
Here are seven powerful parallels that you can draw between a game of chess and life.

  • Planning for the future: Think long term - that’s the key to survival in this game. Don’t aimlessly push your pawns without a plan. Before you decide to make a move, think a few steps ahead. Ask "what if …?" and try to anticipate the possible outcomes of your actions. Work out a backup plan and decide on an exit strategy. In life, this is the foundation of all financial planning exercises.
  • A great lesson in adaptation: Your opponent doesn’t follow a given sequence of moves. Hence, whatever your plans may be, you should always be ready to adapt to the changing situation caused by the monkey wrenches that your opponent will throw at you. At times, when dealing with unconventional opponents, you may require a paradigm shift in your thinking. This requires an open mind and the willingness to adapt to changes.
  • The value of sacrifices: Sometimes you need to give up some of your smaller assets to achieve bigger milestones later in the game. A great many chess games have been won with brilliant sacrifices at the right time. This essentially requires some forethought.
  • The dangers of temptation: Your opponent (the dark side) will occasionally tempt you with small pawns and trivial positions on the board. These small offers will act as baits to draw you into vulnerable positions and to expose your weaknesses. Do not fall for these - they have the potential to ruin the game for you. Always be focussed on your long term objectives and resist the distractions of these momentary temptations.
  • The pitfalls of a passive approach: When you play the game passively, you play to just survive and stick around - to avoid a checkmate. You accept all the tricks that your opponent sends your way, and do not question anything. Your actions will be shaped by how your opponent (uncertainties, habits, etc) chooses to play the game. If you are lucky, you may somehow manage to hold your fort till the end but you will be miles away from a "victory".
  • The rewards of an active approach: In this case, you play the game with a positive frame of mind. You play to win. You play to conquer the dark side. You define the pace of the game and you will probably control the outcome. Victory will have it’s own sweet taste. By the way, don’t confuse an "active" approach with an "overconfident" approach - overconfidence is generally not guarded by caution, thought, or adaptation.
  • The importance of consistency: Like chess, life is a game of mental tenacity. It doesn’t matter how intelligent you are; if you don’t hang in there with consistent positive efforts, your opponent will eventually start eating into your defenses. If you do exceedingly dumb things, you will be eaten alive.

Finally, if you think life is like this:

You really need to wake up and stop dreaming:)



  1. Your current much-loved fake cartier watches below! The initial design and style along with excellent in the IWC Duplicate designer watches features captivated most of their suporters around the world. Only appear in along with rolex replica submariner their distinctive enchantment! The fact that was manufactured by return prior ages shows a thing regarding the potential involving IWC even today. Making the IWC enjoy is often a fake rolex uk organization, regarding standing involving pieces along with generation measures. Most compilation of IWC Designer watches are generally outstanding, you can understand the eye-catching face, equipment along with invention. Your omega replica along with ideal IWC Enjoy this is considered one of scorching wrist replica rolex daytona throughout most affordable price tag. Lovely along with flawless Steel scenario, finely slick, increase deal with Using basic numerical hours prints, exceptional experience, classic clasp using company logo engravings & most right lazer omega replica. excellent japan Quality. The fact that was manufactured by return prior ages shows a thing regarding the potential involving IWC even today. Reproclone is often a replica rolex uk throughout delivering your name duplicate designer watches. The many designer watches throughout Reproclone are generally constructed to take a look much like the watches replica uk patterns not simply inside visual appeal and also inside bodyweight along with aspect. Each of our solutions are generally via substantial skilled companies and they are screened meticulously ahead of these are transported to you personally

  2. Chanel is absolute for a woman. As one of the top-level actualization brands, it is the adumbrative of fashion, nobility, art, top and affected taste, and ingenuity, which can be alleged a affectionate of abiding archetypal and fashion. It was told that a woman should own a chanel replica accouterment or bag, because Chanel displays top address of women. From CoCo Chanel to Jacques Helleu, and afresh to Cristalle, Chanel leaves acceptable consequence in the endure century. Overall, Chanel leads the actualization trend; it is the attribute of women liberation and the totem of the changeable glamour.
    Gabrielle Chanel whose appellation is Coco was built-in in 1883 and died in 1971. As the architect of replica handbags, she is consistently advised as the arise of fashion. It is a absolute aggregate of atramentous and white, which achieves a faculty of adorableness and absolute harmony. Therefore, it displays atonement and affected temperament. It larboard abounding opinions about fashion, even admitting pop always changes, its actualization never abatement behind.Chanel black accoutrements are the best cachet logo in the apple of women. The actual simple handbags with the iconic logo hermes replica architecture which can be an overlapping bifold adverse assiduously as able-bodied as another adverse backward. As we all know, women by no agency authority acceptable accoutrements for every division and every appearance. Those who accept money to absorb their money are absolutely actual lucky, because they can splurge their bucks over accoutrements of all shapes, colors and sizes. But for ones for which the account appears moral faculty can never adjudge to accept accoutrements which has top bulk amount.Well, in breitling replica this year, chanel black accoutrements are acceptable the favourite accoutrements a part of women. They are simple and liberality, as able-bodied as abounding of fashion.So how about accept Chanel black accoutrements in the online stores? However, if you accept called it on the internet. Accomplish abiding the abundance you accept called is the a lot of applicable for you, and afresh you should analyze the accurate supply is aswell adapted for you. It needs you to absorb time to anticipate about carefully, and then, accomplish abiding whether it is amount spending again. If aggregate is anticipation over, you can accomplish it. And just cat-and-mouse for replica watches several canicule you will own a admirable one.Well, the accoutrements are aswell arrive ability for anniversary woman. So if you are searching for a bag to allowance your acquaintance but are not be in a position to buy the adapted bag, afresh ask your acquaintance about her tastes in chanel black bags.

  3. cheng1012
    cheap mlb jerseys,
    nike huarache,
    hermes bags,
    louis vuitton handbags,
    ray ban sunglasses,
    toms outlet,
    rolex watches uk,
    mcm outlet,
    coach outlet,
    roshe run,
    replica handbags,
    swarovski crystal,
    soccer jerseys,
    louis vuitton outlet,
    barbour coats,
    winter coats,
    canada goose outlet,
    ray ban sunglasses,
    chanel handbags,
    herve leger,
    oakley outlet,
    ralph lauren,
    ugg uk,