February 6, 2017
Three Moves Ahead by Bob Rice is a solid synthesis regarding the seemingly disparate aspects of business and chess.
Rice reveals many core aspects of Chess theory and gameplay that can and do apply to business in everyday life.
Weaving the reader into myriad historical business ventures – both successes and failures – the author illustrates what made these particular businesses succeed or fail, and goes to underscore the essential Chess tactics that were involved in those scenarios. Furthermore, Rice journeys beyond that to show the reader how even more can be gained from further introspection if one carries out that additional mental weightlifting.
The analogies Rice employed in the book to compare the subjects are rather adequate. Admittedly, some are much stronger than others. Still, Rice gives the reader ample information to chew on regarding the similarities between chess and business.
A noteworthy point is that, even if the reader isn’t an avid player at all or knows nothing of the game of chess, the author explains himself rather well and is easy to follow as he seamlessly flows from topic to topic within the book.
Three Moves Ahead is definitely something to ponder for business-oriented individuals who are seeking ways to grow. But even beyond that, the principles of the book can be applied to other aspects of life depending on how creative the individual uses what Rice delineates in the book.
If you’re looking for an additional book along the same lines, but with more Chess flavor to it, go on to read Garry Kasparov’s How Life Imitates Chess: Making The Right Movies, From the Board To The Boardroom. It’s kind of similar to this book, but from the opposite side of the spectrum. For me it was more enjoyable than this one, although because am coming at it from a chess perspective than a business point of view. Still, both complement each other rather well if you’re looking to see ‘two sides of the same coin’.