I have never been a chess player but, like most people, I understand the game as a byword for strategy – the calculation of risk/reward and the mental strength to outwit an opponent.
“Who dares, wins” is a rather simplistic cliché that can be used to justify recklessness (believe me I have seen it too often with punters!).
But it is surely true that to win sometimes involves risking loss….in sport, in love, in finance. Choosing the moment is the key.
Cricket critics are this morning dumbfounded by the draw played out between South Africa and India, with both captains being accused of fearing loss more than chancing victory.
What do others think of their decisions?…and are there other moments when athletes, to their cost, failed to “seize the day”?