As a battle of minds between two opponents, there is no game in my experience of the world quite like chess. If you have never played chess, or don't like it, or constantly get your tail whupped no matter who you play, don't worry – this isn't a chess lesson. I've been beaten by too many players of indifferent quality to attempt that – not that you want one anyway.
It's like this. When you set up a game of chess, you have a King that needs protecting at all costs. He can't even be captured and removed from the board till the game's over.
He's pretty useless really, but the game's all about keeping him alive. The game ends when he's so boxed in that he's trapped. Check turns into checkmate. Game over.
If there is such a thing as chance in chess, it's probably only in who goes first, because that first move will dictate to an extent the direction of the game.
|Approaching end game
Now give me a little time, and I'll tell you a bit about the end game.