The grand chess master Wesley Anatoli held a press conference before his match against the robot known as Humanoid Villain. A reporter asked him what he thought his chances were in the upcoming match and Wesley said that if he didn’t think that he could win, then he would not be playing. He realized that no human has beaten a computer in a chess tournament in the last 15 years and that even though his brain is creative and intuitive, it lacks the ability and processing power to completely avoid making any mistakes. Wesley felt that he had a chance in a one-off game, but he knew that he wouldn’t be able to win consistently over a computer. Wesley knew that the robot was trained to beat male opponents, but Wesley had recently been studying female behavior and he thought this might give him an upper hand. Women are known to be less assertive, less bold, and it is thought that they lack confidence, which prevents them from grabbing opportunities without hesitation. Wesley was going to use what he learned to create a successful game strategy against the robot. The reporter asked Wesley if he could share what he learned by studding women which he thought would help him against the robot. Wesley replied, “I don’t think it is respectful to reveal such information, as that would betray a confidence and I am not the type of person who will kiss and tell.”
Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #187.