In chess, the focus was on the step-by step improvements of the position directed toward small advantages. The accumulation of those advantages was important for growing a future combination within the position; it was also a mighty antidote against the competitor’s combinations and a great chance to survive unexpected outcomes.
Similarly, Chekhov writes his comedic plays as small moments of comedic times. While at large the Cherry Orchard could be confused as a mere tragedy as Lyubov and her family watch their orchard be cut down, the dialogue between characters switches between funny and dark. For example, Gaev basically deeply converses with inanimate objects, such as a bookcase. However, this scene is also a metaphor for how learning and education is being replaced with courage and raw passion for change. These double meanings and moods create this show to be comedic.