December 23, 2003

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Every Move Must Have a Purpose

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 10:03 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Every Move Must Have a Purpose: Strategies from Chess for Business and Life by Bruce Pandolfini, Hyperion Books, 111 Pages, $17.95 Hardcover, November 2003, ISBN 0786868856
This book is a classic example of what I call an airplane read: a fast paced book with about 100 pages that fits nicely in a pocket of your suit or briefcase. The author is a world-class chess teacher, who uses chess to teach about life and business. I was excited to read this book because I have always been captivated by the game of chess; in fact, a couple times in my life it has just plain dumbfounded me. The idea that you have sixty-four squares, sixteen pieces, and seemingly limitless possibilities, makes the game irresistible.
The author combines anecdotes and research to explore fifteen vital chess principles. He also includes stories from some of the greatest players in chess history, such as Jos Ral Capablanca. Much of the information surpasses chess and has profound applicability to life. As the author states in the foreword:
Chess players make it their business to master both the obvious and the ambiguous. Their rules are as straightforward as they are subtle. But chess is not the mere play of contradictions. Its also a contest, and for real, just like business. Great truths are true for any game. Chess and business, the two worlds might be different if they werent so alike. Success in either could be hard if it werent so simple.
The beauty of this book is that it is both practical and relevant. At the beginning of each chapter, the author offers a piece of wisdom related to chess. For example: Practically every situation has hidden value for the opportunist. He also offers real life advice at the end of each chapter, such as: Some moves are right only because they are a little wrong. This is one of those books that gets your brain percolating and teaches you strategies that will help you for the rest of your life. A book for a strategist or chess enthusiast, this book will prompt you to be more thoughtful about everything you do.