15 Enlightening Ways How Successful Chess Players Also Succeed In Life!


For the more a man restricts himself the closer he is, conversely, to infinity...

says Stefan Zweig, in his novella The Royal Game". Isn't that really so?

He says many true words in this novella; like how life and chess overlap, and how this is a beautiful thing. 

We tried our best at explaining ways that life and chess are so uniquely alike.



Life is like a long game of chess. For the first part, the aim is to win, and for the next part, you are drained and ready to give up... in the third and last part you've come so long and took the effort to win again.



It's impossible to fully understand either, even if you find a way, you don't have enough time left.



The only way to progress in life is to learn from your losses, not your gains; so is the deal with chess.



Intelligence is important for both, but not the only way to succeed.



For both, the main goal is to 'end the game,' to reach a conclusion.



For both, you can start with nothing, discover all the journeys from the beginning. But again for both, it's the easiest to follow the footsteps of those who successfully finished this journey and use their accumulation and wisdom.



Even though it's a higher chance for smarter people to succeed, the strategy is very important. It is always discovered in both that skill to think long term and strategize is more important than short-term gains.



In both chess and life, the way to success is by attacking, not by defending.



You can't win in either game if you don't know the rules or how to play... But knowing these doesn't guarantee that you will win.



There are no scores in chess, just like in life. You can lose ten pieces and still win. That's the beauty of chess. Any situation may be reversed. The only thing you can do to win is to know all possible moves on the board very well and predict how your opponent will act.



There are pawns in both. Seemingly unimportant, ready to be sacrificed. Of course, in certain cases, though rarely, some end up lucky and become the vizier. Very rarely...



Chess is like life. Every piece has its role. Some are weak, some are strong. Some are needed in the beginning of the game, some at the end. But you need to use all of them to win. 

From the book "Improbable"... 



For both, sacrifices are needed in the right place and the right time. These sacrifices are like keys to the bigger victories of the future.



In both games, the whites take the first step.



Lastly and maybe the most important part is:

In the end, all is thrown in the same place no matter how weak or strong.

The pieces to the box,

The humans in the soil...

Extra: Chess vs. Backgammon


Chess is a classic strategy game found in India about 1500 years ago. 

The legend says that the Indian emperor instructed his counselors to find a way to teach his children how to be clever generals in wartime. One of the counselors and a thinker, Herssabbin Dahire found the game for this purpose. 

Later, the emperor sent a chess set to the Persian emperor as a present with a letter attached. He gave no instructions for the game. He only wrote:

“To the Persian Emperor:

He who thinks more,
who knows more,
Who foresees more will win. 

The Persian emperor shared this message with Buzur Mehir, the most clever vizier of his time, and asked him to figure out the game, and find another game to present the Indian emperor.

Backgammon, designed by Buzur Mehir about 1400 years ago, is one of the most popular games in the world. It was designed with inspiration from the concept of time... Therefore it's touching that it has been so timeless.

4 corners of the board represent 4 seasons, the slots in each part represent 12 months, the number of pieces represent the 30 days of a month, the black and white pieces represent day and night, the total number of slots represent the 24 hours in a day.

The Persian emperor really liked Buzur Mehir's game and sent the Indian emperor a set of Backgammon. The note he attached said the following:

“To the Indian emperor:
He who thinks more,
who knows more,
Who foresees more will win__.
but one shall not forget luck.

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