The Value of Power – Fiction

Time again for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers So grateful to PJ for hosting this weekly challenge.  Please follow little froggy for more stories.

Here is this week’s photograph  and my story:

The Value of Power

Sundays, after Dad died, Mom and I would head out to church and then to the town square where I’d play chess with Mr. Frank, who taught me to play the game for several years.

When we first started playing, Mr. Frank wouldn’t put his queen down as he set up the board.  “I’ll just take this piece out while you’re learning,” he said at the start of our first game.  He’d winked at me, and we’d begun playing.

I’ve made a good living playing chess tournaments since then, but I’ve never appreciated the game like I did when Mr. Frank surrendered his power to help me win a Sunday game on the square.


This week’s photo prompt is provided by Iain Kelly. Thank you Iain!

27 thoughts on “The Value of Power – Fiction

  1. I’ve half-heartedly tried to learn chess a couple of times – both times being taught by my husband. I’m too cautious, though it seems, as my 12 year old is a better player than I am! Ever played Suicide Chess? Where you untentionally get your pieces taken and the winner is the first to lose all pieces. Good fun.
    A sweet and touching tale and there’s more than chess being learned here, which gives the story much more depth.


  2. A long time ago I had a great opponent who did as Mr Frank did, his english name was Francis. Thanks for the recalled memory. Mike


    • I’m glad the story brought back a happy memory for you. However, this teaching method did not help me one bit 😦 I’m to learn the game Go soon. The play pieces are much less distracting.


    • We don’t think this way when we’re actually – in the moment – interacting with each other but we might have some sort of good effect in someone’s life.

      PS…This is how my husband tried to teach me to play chess. ‘Tried’ is the operative word.

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      • Mine taught me as well, and I did learn, however, not well enough to ever win….so I finally stopped playing. I never cared for the game anyway. It is way too slow for me! I enjoy things that are fast, or at least constantly moving at a steady pace.


    • Backstory: When I first saw this challenge I thought, “Oh no! A chess photograph!” Then I remembered my main man teaching me to play chess (trying to 😛 )- years ago. So I asked him, “Um, why did you take your queen off the board when we first started playing chess?” He looked at me, stunned, and said, “Because that’s the most powerful piece!” And so, this story was born.
      And, yes, a great teaching skill.

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