Ah, the welcome rest of life after sundown on Friday!
I hope all of you are well. As I wind down, it occurs to me that I should write about two new strategies invented by my little chess geniuses earlier today.
I’ve written about these startling inventions before. (Click and witness the stupor-inducing power of the “Turncoating, Move Inventing, and Turn Skipping” strategies! Feel awe in the presence of “Power Pope!”)
Earlier today, I had the chance to play against those same two boys who created these incredibly insightful strategies, only to learn two more.
Boy #3 stunned me just as I thought he was in checkmate by unleashing the terribly effective “King Karate Kick,” in which the trapped king jumps up and knocks over the king-who-previously-thought-he-would-win. A real game changer, to be sure, and a move I will have to be on defense against in the future.
And even earlier in the same day, Boy #2 caught me absolutely off guard when — again, just as I thought I was gaining the upper hand and moving in for the win — he brought out the attempted-only-by-experts move, “Throw Your Prisoners At Them,” in which every piece of mine he had previously captured became projectiles used to knock down my unsuspecting pieces. Sheer brilliance, and an ingenious use of resources.
I reflect on these things this Sabbath evening and agree with the Scriptures that “Children are a heritage from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3).
At the very least, they can certainly improve your chess game.