How the game of Chess has helped mold Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux

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How the game of Chess has helped mold Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Chess is a thinking man's game. It can take years and yeasr to perfect, and even then it's no easy game. 

For Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux, it was this mental challenge that drew him to the classic board game. 

Thibodeaux talked about it on the latest edition of Talkin' Ducks.

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Chess is the game of life

Kayvon Thibodeaux

 When you think about it, it's really true. 

Let's just think about football:

- Pawns are like your linemen, up front, leading the charge, laying out a line of protection.

- Bishops and Rooks are like WRs and TE, running routes and doing big damage.

- Knights are your running backs. They run in short burst and cut for small chunks of yards.

- The Queen is your quarterback. The most dangerous pieces on the board.

- The King, it all starts and ends with him. That's you, head coach. 

Of course, a fun little football analogy isn't all Thibodeaux may have been alluding to. He was talking about life in general. Friends, family, loved ones - each pieces plays an intergral part on the board.

"Once you realize it shows you how to move life and how certain people in your life correlate with certain pieces on the chessboard and you know [how to be] stategic and how you can set things up... it's one of those wisdom things."