I often teach students that life is likened to a chess game. We are all playing the game, however our knowledge of this fact determines the piece we represent or the moves we make. Those that have no knowledge of the game are usually pawns, and though they can assume a defensive or offensive posture, their role is usually to be used as a puppet. It is unfortunate that so many people lack knowledge and as a result end up hopeless and discouraged.
Different chess pieces have different functions. There are many symbolic lessons one could learn from their roles, strengths, weaknesses, and even existence. Playing chess requires the player to use intellectual skills. Besides the benefits of gaining intelligence, and concentration power, the player also gains character.
Each piece on the chess board is symbolic of people, places, and positions in society. The Bible tells us there is a constant battle between good and evil. We are supposed to be aware of the fact that there is a war between powers and principalities, not flesh and blood.
The King is the piece that symbolizes authority. The King is likened to the politicians and leaders in society. It can also portray the role of the Husband in the home.
The Queen is symbolic of the mothers and caregivers in society.
The Bishops are the clergy and spiritual leaders in our communities.
The Knights are the warriors and military organizations. Their purpose is to protect, defend, and even to invade and conquer and attain more power.
The Rooks located on the corners of the board. They are the watchmen of society. They can be the individuals in a neighborhood watch or they can be civil rights advocates
Pawns are the helpless, uninformed, naive, and/or rebellious individuals of society that are manipulated to satisfy the desires and agendas of those more informed individuals.
The Formula for Character
1. One of the primary elements that determine the strength and character of a person is self-confidence. An individual must be confident and use great discretion.
2. Respect for others is also important to character development. It's important since you do not want to underestimate an opponent.
3. Determination and commitment means that you are willing to put in the time and effort that it takes to become a great chess player. It is also beneficial to study others and learn from their successes as well as mistakes.
4. Discipline is needed to develop a winning attitude. Disciplining yourself into good habits and practices will definitely help improve your attitude.
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