10 Things I Learned Playing Chess ♟️

Simon Pastor
8 min readJul 25, 2021

“Chess is life in miniature.”

Like a lot of kids, one of my first extracurricular activities was the school’s chess club. I have few memories from that time, only that of losing at a tournament and claiming that I had mistaken a piece’s position on the board. A few years ago, I had a chess craving. So I bought a chess book, a board and challenged my siblings and parents on holidays. That eventually faded…

Then there was the Queen’s Gambit: Netflix’s super successful TV Show portraying Beth Harmon’s rise from child prodigy to World Champion…

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Simon Pastor

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