And now his automatic response to every situation is to assume that it's a horrific life-or-death chess game where you must carefully weigh the value of each of your "pieces." I didn't get the impression that he was much of a leader in the past, and now his leadership amounts to "I know better, step aside fool."
Also. In a chess game. The pieces are colored white and black, but there is no good or evil side. Both sides just want to win.