Why does the invisible strength Waverly learns from her mother to help her at chess in "Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan? What is this strength?

The invisible strength Waverly learns from her mother is to keep calm and reserved in the face of opposition, concentrating and revealing nothing to her chess opponents. She realizes that this tactic helps her hide her intention from her opponents, who will instead reveal things to her.

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In the 1989 novel The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan shows how Waverly learns invisible strength from her mother to help her defeat opponents at chess. Invisible strength is the force of staying quiet and betraying nothing (discomfort, thoughts, and feelings) in the face of opposition to hide or distort information, manipulate others, and/or concentrate. Like the wind, Waverly learns to “bite back [her] tongue;” this invisible strength helps her hide her desires from opponents, who ultimately give her what she desires. Waverly learns this strength at age six when she realizes that staying silent instead of begging for a bag of plums results in her mother buying them. Her mother rewards Waverly for patience and composure, both important factors in winning chess later.

After begging to join her brothers in playing chess and peppering them with questions, Waverly realizes that that only way she will truly master the game is through self-study and practice. She devours library books on chess to...

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