Choice and consequence

Reading the daily news papers shows the bad choices people make, such as drug abuse, robbery, murder, theft and violence.

How can chess help you to develop life skills such as choice and consequence to fight crime?

Every move you make on the chess board has a consequence on all the other moves. Some moves won’t have immediate consequences, but as the game progresses you will become more aware of the right and wrong moves (choices) you have made.

If you have made a bad move then you will have to face the consequence (s) of that move (eg. losing a valuable piece or being put in checkmate). You must anticipate what will the consequence (s) be if you make a specific move (choice). How will you respond to your opponent’s next move?

See diagrams 1 and 2 below for an example of choice and the consequence. What choice will you make in diagram 1 (white to move)? Capture black’s Rook (square a6), but in the process exposing your King to checkmate (Qxg2++ or Qd1++)?

Diagram 1

Diagram 2

White captured black’s Rook (Bxa6), but this choice had a terrible consequence! Black checkmated white’s King (Qg2++)! White should have moved his pawn from square g2 to square g3 so as to have prevented checkmate (Qg2++)!

Why is it so important to think about the consequence (s) of a choice you have made in life as in chess?

  • Every move or choice you make or action you take in life, as in chess, has a positive or negative consequence. A choice that you make can open or close future doors for you. If you say no to gangs, drugs and other criminal activities you have made a positive choice which has no dire consequences! If you choose to abide by the rules of your community you are making a positive choice between order and disorder in the fight against crime in your community!

Crime does not pay, but an education does! Every choice you make has a consequence!

  • A chess set in every classroom in every school in every community – a child who can’t pay must be able to play!
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