A CEO would be lucky if the game were that simple. After reading the Seven Surprises for New CEOs, it made me think of a conversation I had many years ago with a friend of mine. We were talking about chess and how "interesting" the game might be if we only led the chess pieces rather than have complete control over every move.
For example, an electronic version of the game may require a player to enter the move P-K4, but the pawn may only advance to K3. Just imagine playing chess, where at any given time a piece of any rank can go where it chooses. Not unlike the workplace, the CEO may direct an employee to advance to a specific position at a certain time, but (s)he doesn't quite get there for any host of reasons. It's a fitting metaphor.
Knowing what moves to make may help you win at chess, but it's a small part of the equation when it comes to leading an organization. To set a tone, establish priorities for decision making, and inspire employees to work as a team to achieve a common goal requires a great deal of skill. Because CEOs don't have total control, they must demonstrate exceptional leadership ability to achieve victory.
By comparison, it makes chess look more like checkers.