So there was an office discussion the other day about something having a "checkered past."
And one of my colleagues said wisely about it, "I rather play chess!"
I though it was a smart retort, since chess is a game of strategy versus checkers, which is more a game of luck.
Checkers is by far the more one-dimensional game with each piece moving or jumping in a similar fashion, while in chess, you deploy specific types of pieces (king, queen, rook, bishop, night, or pawn) for different manuevers.
In life, when we deal with things that are especially challenging, double-edged, tricky, or plain dangerous, we need to handle it with a well-thought-out game plan and a solid strategy.
Having a plan and maintaining agility in dealing with the "facts on the ground" as they unfold is by far the better problem-solving approach than just trying to jump over the other guys pieces or block his next move.
Chess in the only way to get to checkmate ;-)
(Source Photo: here with attribution to Florls Looijesteijn)