I recently learned that the son of a friend has won 6th place in a chess championship. I thought I'd make a shirt for him on Zazzle and give it to him as a gift but then realized I didn't have many ideas. Fortunately, there are some nice designs on Zazzle to choose from.
As I thought about T-shirt designs walking home one day, I also thought about how life is and isn't like chess. As someone put it on a forum, "To me, chess is logical, life on the other hand . . .?" I feel the same way. Someone responded on that forum saying that life is about losses and sacrifices but also about keeping moving/playing the game and learning to make better decisions.
I have to say that to me chess, like literature, is about multiple narrative threads and multiple outcomes. About shoulda, woulda, coulda and what if I did that? It also teaches me that there can be a strategy to life if we think many moves in advance (not something I'm prone to do in all areas of my life), and, also, that we can keep in mind alternate plans in case the first moves don't pan out as expected.