Last week I had a chess coaching session with Jürgen. It was amazing how quickly emotions reached a peak level. Within 2 minutes of the game I became his personal enemy. Chess has the potential to simulate escalations in conflicts in a way which mirrors the real stuff out there... in a relatively safe environment (although most people will have experienced an opponent throwing pieces around in disappoint and anger after losing a tough game!). Chess has the potential to test our limits in a variety of ways and also contains some fascinating analogies to strategy, development issues and decision-making. It creates a microcosm in which we are forced to adapt to changes at every move, and also makes us learn how to deal with high stress situations. Learning to appreciate the nature of tension at the chess board can give us insights as to how we deal with challenges in real life. It gives us a hightened sense of responsibility for the effects of our own decisions. It is no accident that schools worldwide are implementing chess as a sport and lesson in itself in order to support the development of thinking and responsibility in children. Here´s an example of a projekt in the UK which has been running succesfully for a number of years, also offering services for elderly people. https://www.chessinschools.co.uk/