Chess is a great game. It seems to embody the drama of human civilization with poetic precision. Each piece is given a status, which is marked in its carved shape, and all but one are expendable, with the King, of course, being the exception. It is the drama of human competition on a board, featuring sacrifice, deception, illusion, and all of the other tricks common to a strategic battle of wits. There is no better visual symbol for strategy. It is the ultimate proving ground for competing intelligences, and the payoff is always that ever satisfying moment, where the king, having withstood the barrages that thinned his waning lines of defense, finally falls. 

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