Lord Kasavin wrote:However, Erfworld is not chess. The number of variables makes chess look like tic-tac-toe. Battles are not only difficult to predict, but there's always the possibility of a factor coming in out of left field. Why did Ansom loose the Battle for Gobwin Knob? Because he failed to account for Parson, but he had no way TO account for Parson. When Parson hinted at a strong wall defense, Ansom believed it and modified his plans to what his enemy was doing. Had he followed strict convention like Weibnar wanted, he'd have won.
You take the term "Chess Master" literally, but chess strategy is more about logic and problem-solving. Move and counter-move. Your enemy makes Move X, you need to figure out the best response : Move Y. Its outside-the-box potential may not be comparable to some other games / simulations, but it can teach you a lot about discerning the correct response as opposed to blindly beating the same drum again and again : "This turn, we smash them! Next turn... we smash them!" etc.
Stanley could learn a lot from playing chess.