The pawn takes a year or so to take its first steps forward: one or two. That’s when things start to get interesting. Eventually, multiple pieces are in motion, and some decide to build a castle. For some, the endgame arrives too soon, and for others, it ends in stalemate. There are still some who think they can win, and they devise elaborate strategies, and pore over books and papers.
Some question the fairness. Who let the knights move that way? Why does the king only move one step when it’s the most important game? It’s not about justice, though, which is subjective. It’s about the rules, and the rules aren’t going to change. Just like tic tac toe.