M and I have been busy this week, so it’s taken us until tonight to have time to sit down over another game of chess, in spite of our resolution to play weekly. Even though I’m 0 for 3 against M, I feel like I learn a little bit more each time. I’ve gotten better at evaluating moves and thinking several steps ahead… but I always seem to fall short of achieving “check mate.”
Part of the reason is probably that I get too caught up in lesser goals, like plotting to take out my opponent’s pieces, trying to trap the queen, and attempting to get a lucky pawn across the board. This short-sightedness is probably in part because when I used to play with my sisters growing up we used a modified set of rules: we completely ignored the king (the most useless and boring piece on the board), and focused on taking out the other pieces!
Still, my bad habits in chess remind me a little bit of my bad habits in life. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day challenges and lose sight of the big picture! Tonight’s game was a good reminder to think beyond my cluttered to-do list, and consider my larger goals–and to pay more attention to M’s boring, useless king!