the rules of chess are really quite simple — it’s the anticipation of the opponent’s next move that makes your own strategies grow complex. and, sure, the point of the game is to capture the other person’s most vulnerable piece. but after battling for so long, there is glorious freedom in surrender. truth is, i’ve been winning at chess my whole life. sometimes without even trying. now, here with you, i’m finally learning how to lose. and it hurts so good.