Planned moves

Life's challenges illustrated by a game of chess

Life’s challenges illustrated by a game of chess

A chess aficionado, though not a great player himself, Condrado watched as the two older gentlemen from Verona played an intense cat and mouse game. They played for honor, the only wager – the bragging rights.

The park burst alive with people playing chess. Young ones, middle-aged ones, teenagers and the elderly. These two men however drew the biggest crowd. Their game quality surpassed all the others.

Condrado saw one of the players move a piece back to where it originally sat. “A wasted move for sure,” he thought inwardly.

Then it happened. The piece retreated for a kill. Condrado reevaluated his first assessment. The planned move drew the opponent to close and decide between two possible deadly scenarios. He took one of the possible scenarios. Like saying “Pick your poison,” – the man with the planned move went on to win the match.