To win the game that is dating means to love her in ways that the others do not, cannot, or choose not to.
To love, however, does not mean, demand, nor depend on exclusivity.
The sport of dating is all about remaining relevant to the plans of the adored and not about attempts at alteration.
One by one, suitors gamble by taking that walk and take a chance for a chance.
It is about getting on the board, strokes of white attaching advantage.
Presence and participation without insecurity or interrogation.
Waiting, but only actively, as one by one, the board is cleared.
Until the final round where the best man wins.
Where winning, he understood, is accomplished in a discriminating fashion – to achieve first place in reverse.
To "finish last."