Never Quit – You Might Be Wrong…

 

Never ever quit.  Sure, things might look desperate at times, but you’re very rarely beaten; you simply haven’t seen the correct move.

I used to play Chess.  A lot.  I used to be very good too, and would probably still be entrenched in that microcosm of ticking clocks and notation if not for a resurgence of the limbic, impatient, pleasure-driven part of my brain.  Anyway, about 15 years ago, I was playing against a typical Chessy guy.  It was a hard game, and if we were forced to adjudicate, I would have put money on a draw.  Around the 20th or so move, he spent a good 10 minutes in deep thought, then sighed and dropped his king.  To say I was shocked was an understatement; why did he resign?  Had he better things to do than Chess, so wanted to leave early?  We shook hands, stopped the clocks, then I asked why he had resigned.  He pointed out that he couldn’t defend against my attack down the right flank, and was going to be in checkmate quickly.  I remember looking at the board, thinking whether I should tell him that one of my pieces was pinned and therefore couldn’t join the attack, but instead I nodded knowingly, then stood up and wandered down the rest of the boards, smiling like the Cheshire Cat to myself.

Never quit.

 

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