Chess And The Churchillian Spirit

One thing that chess is not particularly good for is knowing when to quit. It’s a game that fosters a ‘fight them on the beaches’ mentality because you the most you can lose is a single point.

This can be good for some things but not for others. In many fields the best thing to do is to admit defeat and take a small loss so as to avoid disaster, two that come to mind being financial markets and personal relationships.

Are there features of chess which have universal value? Yes indeed, though you have to look beyond competition to find them. The quest for self improvement represents that of lifelong learning and self improvement in all other fields, and indeed the history of mankind.

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About NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Besides teaching chess, Nigel is a registered tai chi and qigong instructor and runs several weekly classes.