It’s so difficult to ignore commentators. Lately I’ve been particularly irked by comments like this:
(car racing): He’s a master tactician, he plays these last laps like a game of chess; keeping his opponents under control.
Chess is not like car racing. Just because there may be some tactics involved in the race style adopted during the final laps doesn’t mean it’s like a game of chess. Imagine if you were to try and play a game of chess like the final laps of a car race. And chess isn’t always about keeping control of your opponents.
(lawn bowls): He’s like a chess player, always thinking one move ahead of the game.
Once again, just because there is some tactic involved in bowls doesn’t mean you need to liken it to chess. In fact, there is little in common. You only make approximately half a dozen ‘moves’ in lawn bowls and any tactic is dependant on your ability. There are typically many more moves in a chess match unless you’re only thinking one move ahead.
I should be studying, but whining is so much more fun