SOCIALIST Party leader Fred M’membe says chess is in certain ways more than just a game as it builds critical thinking and prediction skills.
Fred, as he is fondly called by his comrades in media and politics, says he has been playing chess since 1972.
“I have been playing chess since 1972. I love it and I still play it. Chess is such a fascinating game with endless possibilities. You can play it anywhere, and create new ideas in the opening. It causes me to think and think ahead; it is never boring, and always a test of just me and my opponent. Sometimes I play it alone,” he said.
Dr M’membe, a critical thinker, further said chess was entertaining with a neat history.
“Over the years of playing the game, I have discovered that chess is a deeper sport and pastime than I ever thought possible. I like chess because you can play it at any time, day or night, including on the Internet. I always enjoy playing chess with my 10-year-old son, Mwika. The boy never gives up no matter how many times he loses,” Dr M’membe said. “I like the unusual openings in chess; it is a game of skill and not luck. And except for the highest levels of chess, you don’t need a good memory. Chess is based on pattern recognition, experience and intuition.”
He further noted that there was a beauty to the game and symmetry that other games lacked.
Dr M‘membe added that with chess, it was possible for anyone to play anyone else and still win, regardless of someone’s experience.
“So long as you play good solid moves, you always have a chance to win, regardless. I cannot say that about other things in life,” said Dr M’membe. “It is not decided simply because someone has better physical gifts than you do.”