Added on by Matthew Sutton.

So I play chess ...

Let the pre-judging begin. Yes, I play chess and I play it well. I play well enough to know better and well enough to know that I can sometimes hold my own against the strong.

But I am writing now to let you know what I have learned from playing chess:

  • achieve by being tenacious
  • achieve by learning from blunders or even leaning into blunders - sometimes your going all in and will go from blunder to gambit
  • achieve by seeking the best possible solution even if it takes the maximum amount of time - singular focus solves problems best
  • achieve by confidence - God knows the thoughts of men, but your opponent does not - maximize this insight
  • tactics matter - the big idea will not give you big results without sound tactics and 99% of sound strategy is 99% of sound tactics - achieve big by achieving small

My favorite chess books:

  • Chess Tactics for Champions by Susan Polgar on amazon
  • Easy Endgame Strategies by Bill Robertie on amazon
  • The Immortal Game: A History of Chess by David Shenk on amazon
  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness by Frank Brady (a colleague of mine at St. John's University) on amazon

You can play me on gameknot. I am henrythefifth.