A mentor once asked me, "Tom, are you playing chess or checkers with your team?"
Clearly he was challenging me to think about my strategy to grow my team and the business. I wasn't really sure of his metaphor so I started researching and thinking about his question. What are the actual the differences between the two board games? To someone with a painstakingly low SAT score like myself, the answer is simple: Chess is simply “harder.” It requires more knowledge, thought and strategy (please don’t tell that to any professional checkers players). Checkers has fewer rules and is so easy to explain. When it comes down to it, the only identical trait they share is the size of the playing board.
|Board Size||64 Squares, (8×8)||64 Squares, (8×8)|
|Game Piece||12 of all the same pieces||16 pieces (8 pawns and 8 pieces of hierarchy)|
|Piece Capacity||King ME||Pawns can grow to (Rook, Knight, Bishop or Queen)|