It’s not chess

With the popularity of The Queen’s Gambit, chess has had a revival. I’ve even been watching the Garry Kasparov MasterClass on chess, despite the fact that I barely know the names of each different chess piece. Chess is a fascinating and intricate game. We celebrate the acumen of people who are good at chess in part because it signals a kind of peerless insight, an ability to think several moves ahead. So it’s tempting to think that being good at chess means that someone would make good strategic choices in other realms of life. But that’s not always the case because chess is a game of complete information.

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