By Eddy Montilla.
My father taught me how to play chess at early age to a point that I cannot remember the moment. Since then, I have learned a lot of things from this analytical game, things that I usually try to apply to my life. I have learned to be patient, not to force a situation and move according to the circumstances until I can be in better position to move forward. I have learned to take the best decision by observing all my possibilities. In chess, a player has a specific rating that puts him or her in a particular category. In my case, I consider myself an average player between 1700 and 1800 points (class B, category 2). Last month, I was playing chess on the Internet and every time I played against an opponent of a lower level, I felt like a hungry lion ready to devour its prey. However, despite my endless optimism, when the player had a higher rating, I felt like a dog with its tail between its legs.
These days, I have been trying something different and I hide my opponent’s rating, name, nationality, etc., and I only leave in front of me the chessboard. The result has been astonishing. I have been able to win more than ten games in a row. Today, my rating is 2017, that is, “class A, category 1”. I also defeated a player with a rating over 2160 (an expert) for the first time in my life. Now, when I play against those excellent players, their high ratings do not fill me with fear any more. The moral of this story is not my personal accolades, but the following idea: You don’t know how far you can go, you cannot imagine what you are capable of once you gain confidence and control your fear.
Until now, I have written more than 1000 stories and without any doubt, this is the most boring one, but it is also the most assertive and reliable among all of them because the idea I told you today was tested by myself and it really works. Control your fear, gain confidence and those things that looked impossible will be suddenly in your hands.
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