24.11.16

Don't Move Until You See It


This is a scene from Searching for Bobby Fischer - it is also a major spoiler. Despite that  I hope it will inspire you  to watch the whole film if you can find it.   

“Have you ever played chess, Kitty?” I eyed her. What did a board game have to do with this?

“Not really.”

“You and I should play sometime. I think you would like it,” she said. “It’s a game of strategy, mostly. The strong pieces are in the back row, while the weak pieces—the pawns—are all in the front, ready to take the brunt of the attack. Because of their limited movement and vulnerability, most people underestimate them and only use them to protect the more powerful pieces. But when I play, I protect my pawns.”

“Why?” I said, not entirely sure where this conversation was going.

“If they’re weak, then what’s the point?”

“They may be weak when the game begins, but their potential is remarkable. Most of the time, they’ll be taken by the other side and held captive until the end of the game. But if you’re careful—if you keep your eyes open and pay attention to what your opponent is doing, if you protect your pawns and they reach the other side of the board, do you know what happens then?”

I shook my head, and she smiled.

“Your pawn becomes a queen.” 

“Because they kept moving forward and triumphed against impossible odds, they become the most powerful piece in the game. Never forget that, all right?

Never forget the potential one solitary pawn has to change the entire game."


Aimee Carter

Disclaimer: I have never read a book by Aimee Carter,  this passage was discovered via Goodreads

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