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Chess & the 7 - Dimensions of Life

Chess & the 7 - Dimensions of Life

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 ==== ====Check this site out if you want to play chess onlne:http://stansco.com/netchess/?hop=annafan196 ==== ===="The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of theUniverse, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Natureand the player on the other side is hidden from us" (Thomas Huxley) Our universe is in a constant process of deterioration. Our sun will one day burn out just like everyother star eventually does in the universe. Our earth is not in the same condition that it was whenour ancestors lived on it. It should be no surprise then, when scientists speak of global warmingand its' negative effects on our environment.From the moment we are conceived, we as human beings also start the aging process. Eventhough we are just beginning to develop, our life "time line" begins and the clock starts tickingtowards our death. Due to our genetic and socio-cultural inheritance, our faulty DNA continues todeteriorate up until an average age of 80 years, assuming that we do not prematurely die fromother causes. Don't Get Old My father whom I never seen sick a day in his working life, retired at age 55. He just turned 90and it wasn't until the last couple of years that when I asked him how he is feeling, he startedreplying, "Lousy - my shoulders hurt, my hips hurt, and my body aches all over - Don't get old."How do you respond to these words of wisdom - Don't get old? The fact is that everything andeverybody in this world is getting older each day, because we are in a constant state ofdeterioration just like our universe, sun and earth. So if it is just a matter of time before I die, is there a way to slow down this aging process?Medical doctors tell us that by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we may be able to add up to 20 -years to our lives. When I bought my Honda Civic new in 1997, the dealership salesman gave mean owners' manual along with a maintenance schedule. Because I wanted to prevent my car fromrusting and breaking down prematurely, I have attempted to follow that maintenance schedule forregular oil changes, tune-ups, new tires, and brakes, (etc.). My mechanic recently informed methat even though this car is now over 10-years old and I have put 140,000 miles on it, that if Icontinue to follow my maintenance program, I may be able to drive this car another 60,000 miles. Other forms of life (animals, plants, etc), do not need to decide on and act upon a scheduledmaintenance plan to adapt to their deteriorating physical forms and environments because theirDNA comes equipped with a built-in maintenance system that automatically directs them on whatto eat, when to sleep, when and who to have sex with, and where to live. As so-called higherforms of life, the DNA plan within every one of our (trillion some) human cells gives us the power
 
to choose from a plethora of options and alternative lifestyle activities. Considering the history ofmankind over the centuries, we know that whole cultures and societies have not survived the genepool cleansing process because they did not learn to adapt to their environment. If we do not learn to adapt to and maintain our lives and environment - we also will not survive thegene pool cleansing process (or your premature death due to ignorance, fear of change, laziness,and/ or stupidity - prior to the reproduction of all that you are made of). The point being made hereis that we as human beings all need a maintenance program. The problem is that no one gives usthis maintenance plan at birth. We learn some things from our imperfect parents and some thingsfrom our imperfect peers, teachers, and supervisors, but ultimately, it is up to each one of us todecide how we will choose to live our lives. This lack of a scheduled maintenance program, alongwith our faulty learning system, puts the majority of us at high risk for premature diseases,disorders, addictions, and a myriad of psych-social and cultural stressors. Chess ? So what does this all have to do with the game of chess? Like Thomas Huxley, I have also cometo see the world, the universe, the laws of nature, and how we choose to live our lives - from achess game perspective. I believe that we all could and would make better moves (decisions forour lives) if we were all more aware of the options/ strategies/ resources, etc. - available to us andthe consequences of our choices prior to making our decisions. My wife taught me how to playchess a few years ago (in my late 40's). Growing up, I always considered chess a game for"nerds," or for those "book worms" that were not very good at sports. I also (secretly) thought thatthose who played chess were just more intelligent then me, and maybe I just wasn't smart enoughto learn the game. After being beaten numerous times by my wife, I found a computer chessgame and began playing daily during my lunch breaks. Since this programmed chess game haddifferent levels of difficulty, I could choose to play the seven year olds - and began to win a fewgames. These successes helped me to start winning some games with my wife. Subsequently, I started playing against an on-line chess program. The difference was that therewere no difficulty levels to choose from and I was forced to play the chess master every game.Needless to say, my success rates at winning dropped dramatically. In fact, I was losing 4 - 5times a day, and this continued for over a year. I didn't give up trying to win, however, becausethe program itself stated, "Don't get discouraged if you lose! Remember, we don't race againstmotorcycles, and in the weight lifting events, we don't compete against forklifts! After a fewmonths of solid losing, I had lost all hope of ever winning. It was during this depressing period thatI began to think about how this game of chess related to the "game of life," and I began to seechess from a seven dimensional perspective that would eventually develop into a maintenanceplan for my life and a formula for progress in my chess game. 7 - Dimensions of Life 1. Social / Cultural Dimension - I started seeing that your chess pieces are like family membersand significant others in your life that you try to protect the best you can. We are all alike (black orwhite in chess) and we try to move and communicate in ways that will support our mutual goals.Unfortunately though, you end up losing the ones you love. 2. Medical/ Physical Dimension - In order to maintain a healthy body we must maintain a balance
 
of moving (exercise), eating (our opponents pieces), and resting (knowing when not to move). 3. Mental/ Emotional Dimension - Chess forces us to think really hard about our actions, theconsequences of our actions, and how our behavior affects others and the world around us. Italso gives us opportunities to experience and deal with emotions - like anger, revenge, grief, and joy, etc. 4. Educational/ Occupational Dimension - Chess develops our attention span, concentrationabilities, and memory - so that we can learn, be trained and skilled, and maintain satisfying workexperiences. 5. Spiritual/ Religious Dimension - I didn't notice a spiritual side to chess until one of my pawnsfirst got transformed (born-again) into a Queen. At that point, I realized that our weakest membersin life have the potential to become our strongest heroes. Chess also develops our faith in a set oforganized beliefs and practices much like religion. 6. Legal/ Financial Dimension - Chess teaches us that there are consequences for not obeyingthe law (not playing by the rules of the game). There are also rewards for logically andsystematically making the right moves in life. 7. Self-Control/ Higher Power Control Dimension- Chess teaches us that even though we mayfollow all the rules, all of the time - we do not have total control of our destiny (who wins the gameand who loses). As Thomas Huxley so eloquently put it in his famous quote above ("the player onthe other side is hidden). Even with my above-noted humble insights, I was still convinced that it was impossible for me tobeat this "Chess Master" program, so I just began measuring my progress by how long it wouldtake the chess master to beat me. Within a few more months - my times had increased fromapproximately 2 - minutes to 5 - minutes, and I began to see that although I was sacrificing mypieces, I was also taking my opponents pieces at the same time. To make a long story shorter,one evening after over a solid year of losing, (approximately 1000 games), - I WON !!! I yelled atmy wife to come and look, because I couldn't believe it. The problem was that I couldn'tremember how I moved to win again. So after losing for a few more months, I finally memorizedmy game to beat him almost every time. Note: You may not have the time to lose a 1000 times - so following are the first 20 moves - justto get you started. (First search for "Chess is Fun"). Chess is Fun 1.1g - 3f 2.2g - 3g 3.1f - 3h 4.2d - 3d 

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