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How Life imitates Poker

How Life imitates Poker

Dec 12, 2007, 6:07 PM 0

This letter appeared in the December 2007 issue of "Chess Life" magazine. I believe it is very interesting and I wanted to share with you all. It was written by Ron Price. Kudos for Mr. Price!

"Regarding Bruce Pandolfini's review of Garry Kasparov's "How Life Imitates Chess" (September 2007): While there are surely some lessons of chess that may be applied to certain life situations, I have always felt that chess is as unlike life as it can get. Consider. In life does everyone start off dead even with no one having an advantage on anyone else? In life are all the rules logical, easy to understand, and are they fairly applied to everyone regardless of wealth, status, or celebrity? In life are good moves almost always rewarded and bad ones punished? In life is ability the only thing that matters with little or no concern about anyone else's race, sex, age, religion, politics or nationality? Not on this planet!

Yes, life is like a game alright but its not chess. It's poker. You are dealt cards. Sometimes you get good cards and sometimes you get bad ones. Sometimes good players will do well with mediocre cards and sometimes poor players will lose with decent hands. But the bottom line is you have to play the cards you were dealt.

Perhaps one of the reasons chess players love their game so much is not because it reflects life as it is, but rather as it should be."      (Ron Price)


"Mr. Price seems to be holding all the cards, and he is an excellent writer. Maybe he should do a book on the subject. I'd love to review that one, too."    (Bruce Pandolfini)

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