Chess Game

walnutboardtwo minds engaging
a clash of minds plans and wills
move and counter-move
poised on sword-edge tension mounts
breath-holding suspense until…

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The photograph above shows the chessboard which my father made for me. It has inlaid leather squares and a solid walnut frame. It also has a solid piece of leather underneath to protect the tabletop.

6 comments

  1. Thank you Sarah. My father only made one other board like that one. He made it for the plant manager where we both worked. It had a maple frame and dark red and blue for the squares.

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  2. I’m afraid I could never play chess against you because I’m not only the world’s WORST chess player, I also hate to lose. Though my husband and I taught our children to play chess early, I quit playing with them once they started consistently winning. Not the mature move, I admit.

    I have asked God to give me a special white tiger in heaven that is large enough to carry me on its back, smart enough to have a tea party with me, and KIND ENOUGH to let me win at chess, though clearly I can never deserve such an honor. But I couldn’t help asking. God can always tell me no if it comes to that.

    I think that people who have developed their minds through chess early in life have advantages over those who have not. You have a skill that will bless you for life. Good on you!

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  3. Thank you very much for your comment and compliment. I was taught to play chess my an older cousin who taught me just enough that he could beat me repeatedly. That gave me a determination to get better. Years later, I played him again and although his parents had to leave before the game was ended, I had a clear advantage. I felt that I had avenged those earlier defeats.

    I still suffer my share of defeats over the chessboard, and I don’t like it any better than I ever did, but I keep learning new lessons and I keep coming back. Really, that’s the secret to anything.

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