An Endgame to Blindly Following Rules

A chess player's harmless notes of encouragement cost him a match. There's a lesson here about the over-regulation of life.

It's not just about Wesley So.

Photographer: Brian Cahn/ZUMA Wire

There’s a wonderful old British case involving a farmer named Lawrence Burr, who was stopped while driving a tractor along a public road. The tractor was pulling a chicken coop to town, where it was to be sold. For the purposes of the brief trip, Burr had fixed iron wheels to the underside of the coop.

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