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April 13, 2014

Jesse Wilkerson: Perseverance prevails

I was playing someone in chess. It’s a game I picked up in middle school. The game opened with my pawn to e4. My opponent opened with their knight to f6. I then pushed my pawn from e4 to e5. He moved his knight to g4. I backed up my pushed pawn with a pawn at d4. Then my opponent captured my pawn at f2 (king side). The move was designed to force me to forfeit my opportunity to castle. The value of a pawn is one point. The value of a knight is 3 points. If you were keeping score my opponent traded points for the opportunity to keep me from castling (score: me 3 to opponent 1).

There is still a game to be played. In this game, however, instead of me taking his knight to stop the onslaught of his attack, I moved king to d2 (mistake) which is away from the knight. It was really a move in haste after being attacked. I should have taken his knight. Instead, my move left my opponent to capture my queen in just four moves. My opponent has the game in the bag. I felt like quitting. It is like trying to drive after losing a wheel off your car. What’s the use?

In this case, I played on like nothing happened. It was puzzling to my opponent. He kept saying, “why don’t you just quit?” He actually was beating me pretty bad. He was capturing pieces right and left. He had the game in the bag. He was so confident that he inadvertently placed his queen in a position to be captured by my bishop. The tables turned. We were playing a timed game and time was running out on his side. I had three times the time on my clock. He was flustered by a series of bad moves on his part. With just five seconds left on his clock time ran out before he could recover. I won the game!

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