What is the symbolism in the story "Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan?

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The chess set is symbolic.  At first, chess was a game.  It was fun for Waverly.  Then it became an obsession.  She genuinely loved winning.  However, when winning became the only thing that was important to her mother, chess lost its appeal.