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Self-worth versus your worth to others is a timeless theme This theme inspired the story of Teddy and his imaginary kingdom as well this theme is witnessed in a reminiscence of tie-breaking in chess by Harry Golombek Both Alden Nowlans The Fall of a City Elements of English 10 pp 130-133 and Harry Golombeks personal reminiscence Variations on a Familiar Theme from the collection The Chess Players Bedside Book deal with this theme but from the viewpoint of very different characters Teddy and Harry Golombek a young boy trapped within an imaginary world of kingdoms and battles and a seasoned chess veteran who has witnessed many battles upon the chequered board of sixty-four squares Both characters have experienced varying degrees of success Teddy within his imaginary world has won many battles Harry Golombek on the chessboard has also won many battles sometimes even winning strong tournaments Although their preferred realities are quite contrasting the stories lead the reader to the same conclusion self-doubt can be experienced even after the individual has achieved great success In both narratives the main character describes the opponents he must face to attain a much-wanted overall victory King Theodore I as Teddy was known in his imaginary world first had to defeat the Duke of Anders The Duke of Anders was representative of Teddys uncle Teddy looked at his uncles round florid face and reflected on his resemblance to Zikla Duke of Anders 132 Upon his defeat The Duke of Anders was brought to Theodoresburg in chains and hanged in the city square 131 King Theodores next opponent was The Emperor Kang The Emperor Kang was as evil and cunning as the Fu Manchu about whom Teddy had read in books 131 No other opponents of King Theodore were brought to the attention of the reader Harry Golombek too describes the opponents he must face with the hope of an overall victory In this case the
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