For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.

1 Peter 2:21 (NASB)

Today is my day for chess at a local cafe with some friends, our meeting every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month is more about friendship and having a laugh…sometimes at my chess. In our wee group I have become known for my favourite black defence named the Pirc Defence. The opening is named after a Slovenian Grand Master named Vasja Pirc (1907-1980), who was the Yugoslavian National Champion five times. The idea of the defence is to methodically develop your black pieces without attacking, thus building a strong position. I would forgive you for asking how this would be relevant to today’s verse from Scripture, but beleive me it is very relevant.

As Pirc left an example for future chess players, to follow in his steps; our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ laid down His life as an example for us to follow each day. The Messiah calls us to follow Him through the Gospel accounts of His life, and read of Him in the whole Bible. In His obedience to His Father God’s calling He died on the cross of Calvary, paying the penalty for our sins (past, present and future) that we may come close to Him and the Father as family members – Hallelujah! His Holy presence through the Spirit and the Word of God in our hands shows us how to live our life, quietly developing ourselves to a stronger position in Him against the evil opposition of the world.

Dear reader, is your life surrendered to God, every day developing your walk with Him to stand strong in this hostile world? Learn from the methodical Pirc Defence, develop your life one step at a time; building one brick at a time until your temple stands strong as a witness to God your Father for all to see.


27 thoughts on “A Chess Thought For Friday

  1. It just occurred to me, the Pirc defense is like the full armor of God Paul says we must put on. Without the armor, we are most vulnerable. Yet, wearing it makes us mighty before God—able to tear down every stronghold. Amen, brother! Great post.

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    1. A really good point David, thank you for adding that. The Pirc is one of the first hypermodern defenses that waits for the enemy attack, being ready for it…just like the armour of God. What a marvellous God we serve brother! May you be blessed in Him today brother.

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  2. Wow! Great message Alan, I like a good game of chess but I have never heard of the pirc defence before. This was so well rested to building our life with Christ one step at a time, one brick at a time. God bless brother 😊

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  3. Great post! Chess is a game for concentrated skill to move slow and move keenly. I can’t manage to win in the game Checkers, let alone the game of Chess! My fault is because I’m too anxious! My walk with the Lord often reflects my anxiousness…..moving too quickly and spoiling the “wait of victory”. Thank you Alan. Your creativity in writing is well received and enjoyed.

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    1. Thank you for your precious encouragement Mary. Our small gathering had a fruitful afternoon of banter and chess, with a new young player joining us. Chess is all about recognising patterns, as is our walk with God. If we stay close to Him we recognise the threats from the evil one, and can manage them. God bless you today sister 🙏

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    1. Thank you Andy, your words of encouragement are much appreciated brother. I have had a couple of games with Nathan recently on Lichess, he is a good player. We can arrange that sometime when you are free. God bless you brother.


  4. This makes me really want to learn how to play chess! Nathan has tried to teach me numerous times. This may (or may not) come as a surprise to you but your wee sister can have a tremendously difficult time in being patient and to be honest losing. I don’t always have to be the winner but in a game like chess, well it’s either me or my opponent. Such great truths you highlighted in this life application post and I really enjoyed reading the comments! You and Susan are loved by Jesus and by Nathan, PQ
    and I from across the pond!

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    1. Chess is good for mental health and particularly for exercising the memory, which is the main reason I play. I stopped playing competitive club level chess a few years ago because of my health issues with my brain tumour, which made it hard to compete on a level footing. It is a good exercise in temperament and patience too…just saying 🙄…haha! Nothing wrong with being competitive though.
      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement sister Barnabas!😁 I hope all is well with your studies, Nathan and the wee fur ball PQ, may you all be blessed in our Lord today.

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