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Learning How to Play Chess

October 21, 2004

This evening I played a full game of chess for the very first time. I've had a few people over the years attempt to teach me the rules of the game but most of the time the attempt ending with me shaking my head in confusion or getting distracted by bright and shiny objects somewhere in the vicinity. I have always thought that it would be cool to know how to play chess, but I figured my life wasn't missing anything by not having a clue how to play the game.

Tonight my friend and I were hanging out at my apartment and we decided that it was time for me to learn how to play chess. I didn't have a chess board and didn't feel like sitting in front of a computer screen to play a game. So, we made a board.

He set to drawing boxes on a makeshift board as I was set the task of scouring my apartment for items that could double as chess pieces. We ended up using tealight candles for pawns, perfume bottles for the queens, aromatherapy oils for the kings, small 1 dram bottles for the knave, chapstick covers for the rooks, & monopoly pieces and dice representing the knights. We colored the board and then taped it to the back of a monopoly board. All in all, I was pretty impressed with the innovation.

I already liked the game at that point: anything makeshift has to be good. (Another friend and I used to make ouija boards when we were feeling spunky.)

I was pretty confused at the beginning of the game and it wasn't until about half way through the game that I realized I hadn't really understood the point of it all. By the end of the game, which I have to point out lasted a lot longer than I thought it would, I had pretty much grasped the concept, and I think, played a decent game.

Now I just need to find a place to play online and learn some fancy moves so I can win the next game. I'll be practising here: Computer Chess

Moira at 10:29 PM :: Comments (4) :: ::
Comments:

We've gotta play someday. I learned how to play a long, long, long time ago. When I was bartending for the play "Chess" they had a bunch of national champions who would play the crowd during the intermissions and my staff and I would play them during the show. I'm only okay at it but if you catch me in the wrong mood I'll play till my opponet surrenders, meaning I'll play only to take everyone but the king, a technique I've proven to work so far in the last 10 time I've done it, MUH-HAHAHA! (and generally I act like a asshole about it)
Kudos!

Posted by: Hashim at October 22, 2004 01:22 PM

My six-year-old son loves chess... my brother was a chess superstar, playing on a college team when he was in middle school, but I only know the basics. I got my son a computer game called "Learn to Play Chess with Fritz and Chester," which puts chess lessons into the context of an adventure. It's more fun to play with people, but the game taught him terminology and strategy that I wouldn't have been able to give him.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 22, 2004 01:52 PM

Ouija boards, such a vestige of my childhood. My best high school friend Laura and I would have sleep-overs roughly once a month, and homemade Ouija boards were our specialty. I have some pretty cool Ouija stories, too... ah, my childhood!

~Steph

Posted by: Stephanie at October 22, 2004 06:17 PM

Hashim -

I like your play 'til death method of chess. I'll have to remember that - it might come in handy someday. If we ever meet up, we'll have to give chess a whirl. Hopefully I will have played a few games of chess before then and actually know what I am doing! Speaking of visits... you and kayla are in Georgia, right? Perhaps when I get my new car I can come visit you?

Dr. Jerz -

So what you are saying is that your six-year-old son could kick my ass in a game of chess? ;c) Thanks for the suggestion of the game!

Stephanie -

We should swap Ouija stories sometime... it's the perfect time of year for 'em. :c)

Posted by: moira at October 27, 2004 02:17 PM
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