Chess is a game of extraordinary—sometimes infuriating— complexity.
Sixty-four squares, thirty-two pieces: it seems simple enough, on the surface. But after just four moves, more than 288 billion different positions are possible.
To play the game well one must look seven or eight moves ahead, mentally mapping out the consequences of each possible move while weighing the potential responses and strategies of your opponent. Placing a single piece in error can lead to disaster.
The best chess players—the grandmasters—craft opening moves with endgames already in mind. Like top field generals, they hold the entire battlefield in their minds with perfect clarity.
Each piece on the chessboard plays a vital role. But by far the most versatile piece, and hence the most critical to success, is the queen. (The king, technically the most important, exists only to be protected.)
Unlike chess, health care administration is not a game. But like chess, it is extraordinarily, sometimes infuriatingly, complex—requiring careful deployment and coordination of numerous pieces. Read the rest of this entry »