10 life lessons from 象棋
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 12/30/2010 12:25:00 AM
1. Every action we make in life has it's advantages and disadvantages. Moving 炮 first at the center is neither a right/wrong move.
2. However every move has it's own consequence/effect on the battle field. It's just a matter of time before we realize the impact it caused. Moving a 兵 forward can have a greater effect than imagined.
3. The 将军 is the key in the game. Even if you gain a 车 in the process you can still lose. Sometimes we get worried over minor complications that we forget what is truly important. In life, it's is important that we do not lose ourselves to greed but instead constantly work towards our goals.
4. Something really insignificant can also become threatening/powerful. Once a 兵过河 it should never be underestimated.
5. Patience is a skill and tolerance is a mark of good chessman. The opponent may taunt you but do not lose faith/ sink to their level. A clear mind and calmness will help to see you through and make the best decision.
6. Playing aggressively can result in excessive losses. Defending constantly can only make you more vulnerable to other attacks.
7. The are opportunity cost in every move. With the 车 restricting the 马车 area, that prevents it to be used for attacks.
8. Each game of chess will comes THE moment. Just like in life, these moment are life-changing. You may be losing initially but once the opponent makes one wrong move, victory might just becomes yours.
9. Sometimes the best plans might not turned out well because they have seen through by the opponent. Changing tactic might throw them off guard. Adaptation is crucial for survival.
10. Ultimately, play with good sportsmanship and fight honorably. A unscrupulous win or giving up easily; one might not play at all then/ live at all for they lose purpose altogether.