Chess Club vs Religious Faith

According to, there are an estimated 600,000,000 active chess players in the world. There are various club styles and sizes, but through the modern ages, chess has maintained a relatively stable membership size. The tactics can be aggressive, and teach skills in strategy, memory, reasoning, and trickery. In the past 1500 years, there have been no chess related mass suicides, even though popular figures have been emulated and copied to achieve the highest understanding of the game. Thanks to the internet and the availability of high level competition, there are currently almost 1600 grand masters; The most in history. Differing opening styles of play like the Ruy Lopez, Sicilian Defense, and the Queens Gambit are copied and transformed by players into a sophisticated middle game the world over. Enter Religion.

Each sect begins with the same opening, but over time develop their own styles and middle game. The board becomes confusing, incoherent, incongruous with normal play or known styles of happy living, but the purveyors of the game insist that they know what they are doing. It is obvious going into the end game, that each of the 45,000 denominations are floundering in a checkers game, but insist they are still playing chess. They are using scrabble terminology to play spiritual ouija, and as confusion is their friend, they keep you at bay with guessing and grand terminology the normal person cannot keep up with and keep a regular job at the same time. Thank you Mel.

While the Koolaid is flat with inert, non beneficial ingredients and the the flavor confusing, the end game is still the same as a Jonestown child. Only now they are sipping their way to intellectual confusion and the death of reason using faith in nothing but religious wordiness and sophistry. Here’s to a quick end game.


Author: jimoeba

Alternatives to big box religions and dogmas

23 thoughts on “Chess Club vs Religious Faith”

  1. Funny your post would mention one of the two positive things I learned from my father (everything else was the pits, though, as I think I’ve mentioned) — he taught me how to play chess and golf. (Don’t get me started on how I feel about that damned game, however- golf, I mean). 😉

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      1. Ha ha. My father’s handicap was around 11 at one time, so he was pretty serious. I used to caddy all over the province with him.

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  2. I have read a few ‘born-agains’ who cite pawn as one of the reasons they eventually turned to God. Or maybe I spelled that wrong?
    I leaned to play when I was a kid and taught my two how to play. The wife was never interested.

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    1. Chess has some good examples of freewill vs no freewill too. When analyzing play, the choices in moves are narrowed to the best one. The best move is always the right move, although they feel like they have no choice but to make it. Interesting reading abut it. A pro can put pressure on you like you never imagined, but it’s just a game.

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        1. I used to play a lot, but now I have too many calluses on my hands to do pawn. Bishops are one other reason to leave the game. Always have an angle, and they like children


  3. LOVE your analogies! Very clever how you come up with these.

    As for chess … YEARS ago I played with a friend of my first husband … and got pretty darn good at it. Now? Don’t have a clue on which piece to move first.

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    1. I haven’t played for about ten years. I did play regular chess on a board for many years, but the years I studied chess made me an above average player I thought. My older brother taught me to play when I was about 6, then I taught my son. When he was 16 he’s started beating me pretty soundly, and then I found out his secret. Internet chess! lol. I didn’t know. He also has a computer chess game he would play. I played for a few years that way but his rank was usually about 200 higher than mine. I have a variety of other interests at this point and never really play but a game now and then.


      1. That’s cool Jim. I learned when I was 6 years old too. Yes I started getting good on yahoo Internet chess lol. I did start a chess club in my community once. That was fun! Now I just play online. I didn’t play for the last 2 years and recently started up again. Take care

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        1. Chess is like religion with a score. You can’t bluff your way to being a good player. Occasionally you can beat a much better opponent, but requires a little luck. Faith never keeps score, and they just keep propping themselves up as so awesome, but the score says otherwise. It’s inherently evil.


          1. I wish mine was short, but I feel like it’s a therapeutic thing I’m doing for myself. Which I never would have caught myself saying that years back lol. I spent a lot of time not wanting to give up my faith. Giving God one more chance or thinking he was giving me one more chance lol

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