[We are fortunate to be able to present to you a guest post by the influential monk, thinker and chess guru, the great honoured Zen chess master Seung Shant.]
Observe the chessboard. Do not disturb the silence, for only in silence is there perfect harmony.
Observe its symmetry, its perfection. Observe therefore its harmony.
Can these be improved upon? Can an artist improve upon the harmony of Nature?
Do not spoil what is now unspoiled.
You are now students, but you aspire to be masters. Observe therefore these masters, how they approach the chessboard, how they approach one another. The master Reuben is White. He represents White, and White represents him. The master Miles is Black. He represents Black, and Black represents him. They are White and Black. They are yin and yang.
They are masters not for what they have learned, but for what they have unlearned. They do only what they need to do. They do not do anything that they do not need to do. They do not need to do anything that they do not need to do and therefore do only what they do and not what they do not need to do.
What they do is what you need to do.
Do not know any opening theory, for theory is unnecessary and what is unnecessary is what we do not need.
Do not play any moves, for moves are unnecessary and disturb the harmony.
Shake hands, for you are a warrior and a warrior loves only peace.
Sign your scoresheets. Write modestly, for it is not what you are, but what you have not done that is significant.
Do not have a post-mortem, for there is a limit to how much even a Zen master can get away with.
Chess is harmony and harmony is chess. Silence is golden. The cat sat on the mat.