“I saw a woman married to a man who didn’t deserve her. A smart, able, powerful woman who had sworn to protect her husband. She wondered how different it would’ve been if she was the ruler. A trained warrior, she had mastered every move in the book. She could move in any direction, for any length with unmatched skill.”

I have never seen chess described with such imagination – a must-read!

Epiphany in the Cacophony


I remember the time my father taught me chess. On a Sunday afternoon, I sat cross legged at the center table in the drawing room, silently watching him put the pieces in place. “This is the queen, and this is the king”, he said, holding up the pieces. My eyes widened. I reached for them, running my fingers gently along the piece, examining it closely as he set up the board.

He went on to explain the rules to me. “The aim is to protect the king at all costs” he said, showing me how the different pieces moved across the chessboard. It was the most beautiful game I’d seen. I stopped listening. All I saw was a story. A story of two kingdoms, equal in strength, competing for supremacy.

I saw a battle begin before my eyes. The pieces charged towards each other, falling by the dozen as…

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One comment

  1. That is beautifully written.

    Interesting that in chess the King is the most valuable but the Queen is the most powerful. Both expected and unexpected, assuming the game came out of a patriarchy.

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