A few months ago, I joined a chess academy which divides its members into groups of ten for the sake of coaching them efficiently. Mine had eight men and two women with ages ranging from twenty to forty. I became friends with one of these ladies who is married and has a two year old daughter. Most people in our course (including me) find her extremely attractive. Last week, the instructor organised a blitz chess tournament within our group. She and I were drawn to play each other in the league stage. Before the game, there was a bit of playful banter between us but at no point did I consider the outcome to be of any importance. During the game, I played a good move which she appreciated. That somewhat charged me up and I pulled out my best game which she unfortunately couldn't match. She congratulated me quite warmly and declared that she was proud of me. There was nothing to suggest that she was upset. As luck would had it, we both won our remaining matches and qualified for the final round where we are slated to face each other again.
The problem is: She has started believing that I am the better chess player. I hate to see her low on self-belief. I am afraid she might lose tomorrow's game as well. How can I raise her spirits in case I win without feeling guilty myself?
- We share a platonic relationship. She seems to treat me almost like a child as she is much older.
- I am still a student (Mathematics major) while she is a teacher (teaching biology).