What is Chess?

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There must have been a time when men were demigods, or they could not have invented chess.

– Gustav Schenk, German Writer and Photographer, 1905 – 1969

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The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the Universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature and the player on the other side is hidden from us.

– Thomas Huxley, Biologist, “Darwin’s Bulldog”, 1825 – 1895

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Most of the gods throw dice but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out until too late that he’s been using two queens all along.

– Terry Pratchett, Satirist, Futurist and Novelist, 1948 – 2015

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Capture of the adverse king is the ultimate but not the first object of the game.

– Wilhelm (William) Steinitz, “1st” World Chess Champion (1886-1894), 1836 – 1900

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By positional play a master tries to prove and exploit true values, whereas by combinations he seeks to refute false values … a combination produces an unexpected reassessment of values.

– Emanuel Lasker, “2nd” World Chess Champion (1894-1921), 1868 – 1941

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You cannot play at chess if you are kind-hearted.

– French Proverb

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My favorite victory is when it is not even clear where my opponent made a mistake.

– Peter Leko, Chess Grandmaster (since age of 14 in 1994), 1979 – present

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However hopeless the situation appears to be there yet always exists the possibility of putting up a stubborn resistance.

– Paul Keres, an inaugural FIDE International Grandmaster (~1950), 1916 – 1975

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By playing at chess then, we may learn: First: Foresight. Second: Circumspection. Third: Caution. And lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs, the habit of hoping for a favorable chance, and that of persevering in the secrets of resources.

– Benjamin Franklin, Revolutionary Diplomat and Polymath, 1706 – 1790

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Chess is like body-building. If you train every day, you stay in top shape. It is the same with your brain – chess is a matter of daily training.

– Vladimir Kramnik, Grandmaster & World Champion (2000-2007), 1975 – present

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Pawn endings are to chess what putting is to golf.

– Cecil Purdy, “1st” World Correspondence Chess Champion (1959), 1906 – 1979

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A bad day of chess is better than any good day at work.

– Anonymous

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Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe.

– Hindu Proverb

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Dive into The Chess Zone — You Can Do This!
I wish you the best of luck!!

– Coach Chad, Chess Curator and Youth Coach, 1992 – present

Chess is a system of symbols. The symbols allow for a dynamic circuit of energy to be communicated across a discrete grid.

Traditionally, the game is played using a grid of 64 squares, with 16 pieces per team. Each square of the grid can be symbolized in a variety of ways, typically as an alphanumeric point.

Likewise, each piece is symbolized to represent its energy potential — its possible moves. The energy potential of a particular piece is assigned to a specific point on the board. Every possible move contributes to the dynamic series of interactions, which we label as a game of chess; symbolic, discrete energy in motion.

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Since the dawn of history, the potential energy for each piece is embedded within the axiom of the game in order to satisfy the strategic goal; using alternate turns, simultaneously trap and attack your opponent’s king at a particular square.


The Chess Zone enriches beginner and intermediate chess training by transforming hopes and desires on the chess board into consistent tactical strategies to achieve incremental growth goals.

We create a safe space to explore the game of chess while staying in sync as a virtual chess community!

By focusing energy on maintaining a standard chess routine, anyone can build stronger decision making circuits within their own mind..practice makes perfect!

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Schedule a consultation with Coach Chad today
& learn how The Chess Zone can unlock
a new routine of daily mental fitness!!


The symbols of chess that can be expressed in the physical world also create an internal synergy for goal oriented learners–the circuits used for decision making in chess, can be exported to decision making across many domains.

Even the earliest hunter and gathering cultures of the world used strategic thinking and tactical planning to sustain their needs; the chess master prepares a space for each piece to become an asset.

Language — à la, symbolism — continuously evolves to match the complexity of the community; the chess master sees an idea as it buds.

Patterns of strategic thinking creates goals and desires..goals and desires transpire onto paths of despair or euphoria depending on the particular outcome. The human emotions are challenged to remain steady; the chess master plans for stable outcomes.

Despair and disappointment trigger calls for change; the chess master re-evaluates instinctive reactions critically.

Was the target missed because the initial assessment measured faulty symbols? The chess master faces a task with pride and accepts the consequences with dignity.

Perhaps the complexity of the community requires a different form of energy to trigger the intended goal? The chess master compares simple and complex solutions to meet the needs of the situation.

Inside the mind of the chess master, focused energy is the primary resource, and here’s the secret..focused energy creates success anywhere it is aimed..shoot for the moon!

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Schedule a consultation with Coach Chad today
& learn how The Chess Zone can unlock
a new routine of daily mental fitness!!


Published by Coach Chad

Coach Chad fine tunes all of the chess publications at coffeefordessert.com -- currently he is working on The Chess Zone coaching series!

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