You didn't mention Aikido in your analysis (only a references to 'martial arts'). Was that intentional ? Like chess, Aikido has relatively restricted rules. Does that limit you to an "early level understanding" of how to "dominate an opponent" ? I don't know about early level, but I do think it is very limiting.
To some extent, I agree with what I think is the general theme of your post - ie. in life (unlike in a game) the rules are constantly changing so a higher degree of adaptability is needed. Or could it be that we just don't understand the rules ?