I am not a very good chess player, which is crazy because my Dad was a NJ state champion. He was also absent in my life for many years. Maybe it's a psychological thing. A Netflix miniseries titled the same, was inspired from a novel written by Walter Tevis, in 1983. Chess is an interesting game, due to it's eerie resemblance to both war and life strategies, it is a game to be knowledgeable in. It ca help you understand how to move.

I am not going to attempt to understand chess, but I do understand the metaphoric movie title. The movie focuses on a young girl of genius magnitude. Slowly you begin to see her become a beautiful mess. We have seen people of genius proportion, blow themselves up, both figuratively and literally in the case of Richard Pryor. In fact, Natalie Wolchever. wrote a June 2, 2012 article titled, Why Are Genius and Madness Connected. In the article for, Wolchever states, "Many of history's most celebrated creative geniuses were mentally ill, from renowned artists Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo to literary giants Virginia Woolf and Edgar Allan Poe."

Sometimes, the perception of having it all is intoxicating and when you are on a true genius level as the character in The Queen's Gambit, was, this intoxication can be even more fragrant. We see it with people who are not genius level, all the time.

This article is not about genius level people either, it is about people that attempt to run a game on others, but unfortunately, may become ensnared in their own trap. Trust me, I have been there. Several times, the victim of my own demise. Not considering myself a genius at all but I can see the potential for madness, just living through this life. Personally, the ups and downs that account for the spice of life are ultimately a benefit, albeit at the time it doesn't feel that way.

After all that twisty talk, my real point is that people play games, but are foolish to the consequences. You do not have to be a genius to see that. How many people do you know play dangerous games? Do not get caught in the Queen's Gambit.

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