Scene from "Plunkett & Macleane"Persistence in the face of failure can be a hard fought battle against one’s inner state of being. A flush of adrenaline and a rise in blood pressure make it hard to stay cool at the moment of exposure. On the chess board it usually means the next couple of moves are suspect, and often mistakes that follow determine the game.
The most important thing to remember is that the winner of a chess game—is the player who made the second to last mistake. Games without mistakes are called “draws”, and regardless of your opponents pedigree, chess is not a respector of persons. We all are equally susceptible to our own flawed natures.
So everything seems lost? Victory unachievable… Play for the draw. Play to strengthen your character for the next time you make a mistake. Play—to thwart an opponent blinded by overconfidence.
Sacrificed pieces may be flying off the board as you make concessions. Until the word “Checkmate” is uttered, you stay and you fight! And sometimes, just at the moment of sure victory for the other side, your contingency plans will come together. "Plunkett & Macleane"Out of the smoke and ashes the chess gods ride to your rescue, cutting through the hangman’s noose that is choking out your last breath of life.
To underscore this point here is a clip from “Plunkett & Macleane”—a 1999 film by Director Jake Scott. The soundtrack by composer Craig Armstrong, is entitled “Escape”.

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  1. Nicolas

    Thanks for article. Everytime like to read you.

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