Chess – More than just a game!!

The game of Chess has fascinated man since medieval times. It involves tactics, strategy and has great resemblance with reality, especially in our professional lives.

Chess is said to have originated in Eastern India in the 6th century during the reign of King Chandragupta Maurya. It was called Chaturanga (4 divisions of military).  It was played on an 8×8 (ashtapada) board just like other board games.

From there it went to Persia and then to Arabia where it was called Shatranj. The first game of modern chess was played in the 1600’s.

Chess is a 2 player game whereby the objective is to defeat the other by cornering the opposite King to a position where it does not have a legal escape route and has to surrender.

Analogy to Professional life and business:               

Let us now focus on the points that make chess more than just a board game and why it teaches you many things which we can implement in our daily lives and business.

For a simple and better understanding we have created a table with four quadrants, each representing a major department of any organization

  • Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing & Sales
  • HR

We can also compare the various organizational departments with the various pieces of the game of chess.

  • King and Queen can be compared with Management as they are the major pieces and decision makers
  • Knight can be compared with the Marketing and Finance team as Knight has the liberty to move in a zigzag manner which is required by Sales team to find clients
  • Rook can be compared to Finance team as they have to move in a straight line and follow the tried and tested theories to minimise losses and maximise profits
  • Bishop is somewhat the HR team, moving diagonally which is the shortest route to the opposite end on the chess board. In corporate term moving diagonally help the HR team to cover all the teams in the organization and having information about everyone
  • Pawns are the employees of the company. Often they are considered the Bottom of the Pyramid ones, but most important piece for a company’s success.

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Game of Chess has one disadvantage in this modern era of cut throat competition that the competitors are mostly aware of the pieces (employees, products etc.) and there is not much element of surprise in it.

So in order to overcome this a new concept of “Quantum Chess” is more applicable for today’s era. In Quantum Chess the concept of Quantum Physics is used where each piece has superposition of states (each state representing different conventional states) and competitors are not aware what each piece is acting as. So we can say that conventional chess is game of complete information, but in today’s world where all information is not shared and there are lots to hide from others, there needs to be an element of unpredictability. So Quantum Chess becomes more applicable for today.

More about Quantum Chess

Quantum Chess is a very dynamic and fairly complex 100 square, 60 piece game, which is truly “a quantum leap beyond 64 square chess”. Conventional chess has only one “dual option” piece, the queen, but Quantum has six “dual option” pieces. Furthermore, Quantum has four “triple option” pieces, while chess has none. Quantum also has a more dynamic queen that can capture a first piece, or jump over it and slide to any open square, or capture a second piece.

Although Quantum is more complex than chess, the game pieces comprise simple geometric symbols (instead of figurines as in chess) to represent the “single option” playing pieces. These symbols are also mnemonic and suggest the capturing patterns of the playing pieces. The “double option” and “triple option” playing pieces comprise two and three superimposed symbols, respectively. This permits a more complex, more dynamic game, which is easy to understand using these symbols

So from the above information we can say that it involves more complexity with dynamic nature suitable for the highly competitive market today.

Takeaway:

In conventional chess, the roles of the pieces are well defined and so there is no unpredictability factor in it. But in Quantum chess each piece has more than a single role which brings in an element of surprise to the competitors who were not expecting this at all. So in this world of competition all the pieces (employees) should have dual responsibilities in order for the organization to succeed.

All said and done we would like to conclude by saying that in the end the player with better strategic planning and resources wins the game. In order to win one must start well.

Also the game of chess is played on the board with Black and White squares and it should be limited to that only. The game becomes unsportsmanlike once both these colours get mixed and creates a somewhat “Grey” area.

So keep strategizing in order to “Checkmate” your opponents.

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