Are you playing the game? Or are you setting yourself up to win?
Are you playing the game? Or are you setting yourself up to win? Martijn van de Haterd, July 2020
About two years ago while at a dinner party with my team, I got involved in a chess game with the son of a colleague. The kid was around 10, I think, and he had learned how to play and was enthusiastically challenging everyone to a game practicing his newly acquired skill. I learned how to play in my last year of elementary school because of a dedicated teacher who would, every year, teach all his students the tricks of (and love for) the game. I played a lot that year and, apart from the occasional game once every 3 years, have not played much since and would only consider myself an ‘okay’ chess player.
After playing a game or two (that I’d won) he asked me, “Am I playing well?”
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