In fact, no gods anywhere play chess. They prefer simple, vicious games, where you Do Not Achieve Transcendence but Go Straight to Oblivion; a key to the understanding of all religion is that a god’s idea of amusement is Snakes and Ladders with greased rungs.
It’s a god-eat-god world.
And it came to pass that in time the Great God Om spake unto Brutha, the Chosen One: “Psst!”
Most gods find it hard to walk and think at the same time.
“He says gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at.”