In chess, there are six key pieces which are made of the sixteen pieces each side of the chess board. The game of chess requires a player to have patience and to really think about his moves, unlike checkers which is played at a faster pace. The rook piece is considered a strong piece which has the ability to build walls like a castle. The rook piece can also be used to help to protect a player’s king piece so that it is not attacked by the opponent.
The bishop attacks diagonally but the rook piece has to move either side to side or move up and down the chess board. The knight piece moves in a direction which makes a capital L by moving two spaces forward and then a space to the side. The pawn piece has the ability to move one space at a time and if a player successfully moves the pawn to the opponent’s side it can be exchanged for a stronger piece. The most powerful piece in the game of chess is the queen piece which can move in the directions like the bishop, the rook, and the other pieces. However, the most important chess piece in the game is the king piece which a player must protect and not lose because if he does the game will be over.
In chess, a player must prevent his king from being put into check by his opponent. If his piece is placed into check he will risk it being captured by the other player and the king will be checkmated. To avoid being checkmated by his opponent a player must be able to do one of the three things to continue the game. The first thing that the player must do is to move his king out of the way of harm’s way. The second thing that a player must do is block his opponent by building a wall to protect his king. A final move that a player could make is to capture the piece that is threatening his king. Like the chess player who plays the game of chess, as men we must know the three ways we can avoid from being checkmated. If a player loses king, he will lose the game. The king piece represents us as men and we can lose our dreams, our families and possibly our lives. However, the Lord always has a way of escape for us and will show us how to protect ourselves as the king.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Moving out of harm’s way
Our enemy is not flesh and blood but the Apostle Paul stated that “we wrestle against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). The purpose of the devil is “to steal, to kill and to destroy” what the Lord has placed inside us (John 10:10). However, as men, we must keep ourselves from being put into check by walking in the revelation that “greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). The Lord has given us His Spirit on the inside us to warn us of danger which can be seen or not seen. When a chess player has failed to learn the chess board and the moves he must make it will put him in danger of losing his king. Likewise, we as men must understand that it is impossible to please God and that we can only please Him by faith (Hebrews 11:6). We walk by faith and make the moves that we make it because the Lord has spoken to us by His voice.
As men, we are valuable to the people who matter to us just as the king is the most valuable piece on the board. We are important to our families, our communities and we are important to the churches that the Lord has us a part of. If we fail to learn the board of life we will put ourselves and others who depend upon us at risk of being captured by the enemy. The game of chess requires a person to also look closely at the move that his opponent has made against him and how that move can be countered. Sadly most men do not learn the board of the streets they run and not making the right decisions which cost them greatly. By a man not moving out of harm’s way it cost him his freedom by being locked behind bars and his family members being locked up with him. Those who come and visit him have to speak with him behind a glass window for a few hours. A man’s mother coming to see her son has to go through an uncomfortable inspection which can make them feel violated because the man refused to move out of harm’s way.
Blocking the attacks of the enemy
In chess, there are three basic strategies that a player must know to become a great chess player. A player must be able to control the center of the board with his two center pawns. When a player has control of the center of the board it will position him on how to attack his opponent and to also neutralize the opponent ability to attack him. A chess player must be able to get all of his pieces involved in the game so that it will help him to maintain control of the board. Finally, a chess player must be able to block or build a wall for his king very quickly so that it is not put into check. When a player king has been put in check by his opponent, the person can protect his king by either using his rook or bishop which could block his opponent’s attacking piece. Once the attacking piece has been blocked it would allow the player to further strategize on attacking his opponent’s king.
The Lord has given us “the weapons of our warfare which are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” which will allow us to block the fiery darts of the enemy. We also have to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18) so that “when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will block or raise up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19). The other various pieces like the queen, the rook, and the bishop can be used by a chess player for blocking or attacking the other opponent’s walls. The Lord has also given us as men gifts and talents so that we can fulfill His purpose for our lives. Some of us have five talents, some may have two or some may even have one talent, however, the Lord wants us to use those talents and multiply them so that we can enter into the joy of the Lord (Matthew 25:14-28).
Protect your king by staying on the attack
A final move that a player can use in keeping his king out of check is by using either his king or another piece to eliminate an opponent’s attacking chess piece. If the person uses his king, he must do so only by not putting his king at further risk of being checkmated. If the player uses another piece as a counterattack on the attacking chess piece, the game will not be over until someone king piece has been captured. The goal of a player should always be to get his opponent’s king in a corner where it will not be able to escape. When the player is on the attack he can also use a chess piece as a wall by not allowing the opposing king to advance forward. A second chess piece by the player can also be used as the trap piece making the board smaller.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus died on a cross, yielded up His Spirit and declared before men and all of Heaven that “It is finished” (John 19:30). Before He laid down His life for you and me, He had come to seek and to save those that were lost. The Father allowed His Son to ascend up into Heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf. We have been given the power to remove the threats of serpents and scorpions that come our way (Luke 10:19). We know that any weapon that is formed against us will not prosper and every tongue that rises up in judgment will be condemned. We have been given the keys to the Kingdom of God so that whatsoever we bind on earth has already been bound in Heaven (Matthew 16:19). By the authority of God, whatsoever we loose on earth will also be loosed in Heaven because the word has made it so. When the enemy comes against you my brother to take you out, remember you are a king who must stay submitted to God, resist the devil, and he will have to flee from you (James 4:7).