So much for the flu season. Chess has been the epidemic of choice this winter at Ama Ghar. Chess has appeared to win over all the Ama Ghar children, regardless of age or gender. And forget about the complexities of the game (though, some of the children seem to have mastered that part). The children seem to have what it takes to play the game of chess: patience, a sense of strategy and, above all, the understanding that the choices they make on the chess board can be a metaphor for the difficult choices they make in life. It’s no wonder that many of them have succeeded on the board and off it.
Chess and life and are very similar. No two games are ever alike and the personalities of the pieces correspond with the personalities we face in everyday life from the role of the queen all the way down to the pawn. Therefore, when these children ‘mix it up’ and have a go at each other there’s no other form of entertainment that can come close if you are an admirer of chess.
The children are in the midst of completing the first annual chess tournament at Ama Ghar. Regardless of who actually “wins” the tournament, all of the participants have already proven that they are ready to take on the challenges of life.