bishops and pawns and knights oh my!

So… my son likes to play chess.
So… I am learning to play chess. In case you are wondering, it’s nothing like Scrabble. Where’s a triple word score when you need one! Chess challenges my brain in a completely different way than my brain is used to getting challenged. In fact, my brain begins to hurt attempting to keep up with everything that could potentially happen on a chess board. So many choices.

Alexander Kotov, a Soviet chess grandmaster, said this about the game of chess “It is better to follow out a plan consistently even if it isn’t the best one than to play without a plan at all. The worst thing is to wander about aimlessly.”

I think this is good advice. In fact, I hope to one day not wander around the chess board aimlessly. Perhaps, I might improve my chess game, once I learn to stop calling the knights, horsies. 🙂 The knight (a.k.a. horsey) is my favorite chess piece. You know why? It moves in the shape of a letter. At least I can think of potential Scrabble L words while I am playing a round of chess with my son.

Live. Love. Laugh.

Happy Monday!

8 thoughts on “bishops and pawns and knights oh my!

  1. Lisa

    I can relate, chess makes my head hurt too. 🙂 While I was reading this, I was thinking that I don't want to wander around this life aimlessly either. I want my life to have purpose, so I will follow God.
    Thanks for this post.

  2. Heidi

    I remember clearly what it was like moving about my life aimlessly before I knew God. I know He holds the master plan and I just try to focus on the next lighted step. Have fun learning chess! Blessed day Eileen!

  3. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    I quite enjoy playing chess, and you're perfectly correct in that it's best to follow a plan consistently to have a positive game. And like chess, if we consistently follow HIS plan our lives come out so much more positively as well!

    Have fun playing, and have a Blessed Day!

  4. frogsview

    I love the piece that goes diagonally (the bishop I think). Combine that with a strong queen and a castled king and what a dynamic combo!

  5. ******Shelly******

    I don't play chess either but I love that quote!! (I'm writing it down for future use or updated facebook OH, and I do love scrabble! Have you ever played bananagrams? It's like speed scrabble with friends! I'm addicted 🙂

    Nice to meet you! 🙂

  6. Crystal

    Joe is a chess lover also. We have a beautiful glass chess set that gets unpacked every now and again for Joe to beat me. HAHA!

  7. Eileen

    Loved your comments! That quote is a good one…not only for the game of chess but for living 🙂
    Shelly, I have yet to play bananagrams but have had several people recommend it to me. Must give a try sometime 🙂

  8. Fields of gold

    I love this post! Lately I've been thinking about Christ as our anchor. That thought alone helps me when I'm wandering aimlessly. Thanks for this great insight Eileen!


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