Blitz – Life like a game of chess

“Thus, though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays.” Sun Tzu

We have been examining the fact that life is war, and those who play chess, will know that a game can last minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or even years. This can be likened to every battle in life.

Some chess games can be played with special rules, where time is allocated within which one must make a move or forfeit the game, this is monitored with a stopwatch. This kind of game is called a blitz, from the word blitzkrieg. Wikipedia defines blitzkrieg as lightening war or lightening attack. This is how to proceed in the blitz chess game and indeed in life.

A chess board depicting checkmate
Source: Wikipedia

In chess, warfare or life generally, with the right calculations victory is sure; however a protracted game or warfare eg a siege, comes at too high a cost, and Sun Tzu thinks a siege is the worst kind of warfare.

This strategy can be applied in every situation, for example since we are certain of winning against COVID-19, we have to act fast. Imagine the casualty should we delay. This is why all hands must be on deck to defeat the virus and defeat it fast!

In the blitz chess game, these decisions must be made fast! So it is in life. Speed and stealth are very useful requirements for success.

“Haste may be stupid, but at any rate it saves expenditure of energy and treasure; protracted operations may be very clever, but they bring calamity in their train.”

Ande Elisha

The Amateur Philosopher

Excerpts From
The Art of War
Sun Tzu