chess, like love,

is a game for two.

your partner is every bit as clever as you,

as cunning and bright,

but they have the upper hand

because they have your attention.

when you're distracted,

you make mistakes.

you slip, they move, you lose.

that's chess

and that's love.

but chess, like love,

is a game for two

and if one doesn't play,

none can play

and you both lose.