Kobayashi Maru or...not accepting loss.
"Never say die". How many times have you heard this? As a novice at chess I concede that a situation may be unwinnable through HONEST means, playing to the best of my ability and not cheating to win. But resigning at life is not an option, and I have come to see chess as a "metaphor in motion" for life.
The Kobayashi Maru is a Star Trek evaluation of an officer's reaction to a real life crisis, and the inability to solve the problem. In the simulation countless officers were submitted to the embarrasment, humiliation, agony...of losing their ship and all hands on board, theirselves included. How would one react in the face of crisis?
Chess is all about distraction. You think I move here because my next move is... and win games by anticipating your opponent. When you can't win, what do you do? I have been playing chess since November 2007 and studying from time to time, but feel that I am getting no better at it.
Your thoughts? All Star Trek relevant tangents are accepted relative to the Kobayashi Maru as well. :)