Summary of Every Move Must Have a Purpose

Strategies from Chess for Business and Life

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Every Move Must Have a Purpose book summary
Life lessons from chess tell you to plan, avoid waste, sacrifice strategically and play the board, not the player.


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This slim volume, which draws life and business lessons from the game of chess, is one of the better self-help and self-improvement books you’re likely to pick up. At only 115 pages, double-spaced, and a mere 20,000 words, the entire book is about the length of a chapter in most other books in its category. Author Bruce Pandolfini includes just enough chess lore to keep the book relevant to chess, but not so much as to overwhelm a chess-averse reader. He writes concisely, as a chess player plays, with a great deal of concentration and quick, quiet decisions expressed in single sentences. The book offers several fine aphorisms, the sort you will remember long after you have put it down. But it’s not the kind of book you will want to put down. Fortunately, getAbstract is glad to note, it is small enough to fit into a purse or computer bag along with everything else you carry.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to apply the logic of chess to business and to life


Think on the Diagonal
Physicist Niels Bohr noted that the opposite of one truth is often not error but a different and greater truth. Chess reminds us of this over and over. A weak king can be an offensive weapon. A pawn, which has almost no power, can capture a queen. A pawn can even ...
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About the Author

Bruce Pandolfini is one of today’s most sought-after chess teachers and most widely read chess writers. He is a regular columnist for Chess Life and was PBS analyst for the 1972 match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.

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