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.”
And it came to pass that in time the Great God Om spake unto Brutha, the Chosen One: “Psst!”
It’s a god-eat-god world.
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.