Jan 20, 2011

Check, mate: rediscovering the chess board

I grew up knowing I was no good at chess, but ..., writes Crikey reader Jay Martin.


I grew up knowing I was no good at chess. My dad taught me the rules when I was a kid, and then proceeded to beat me. After five games (maybe less), I gave up. I clearly had no aptitude for it. I always wished I did, though.

My husband has succumbed to three games of chess in eight years. The first was on the south coast when I spied a chess set and forced him to play. He’s played a lot of chess, but I’m smart. Smart enough to out manoeuvre him, surely?

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5 thoughts on “Check, mate: rediscovering the chess board

  1. Michelle Imison

    I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions any more. Really, I don’t… but for about the last four years I have solemnly decided, every time I put up a new calendar, that *this* year I’m going to play more chess. I know the rules (well, sort of), I’ve read the books – it never all quite happens, but there’s something so simple and elegant about the game that means this is one resolution I can never quite bring myself to abandon completely. Thanks for a well-aimed kick in the right direction, Jay!

  2. wilful

    challenge me to a game at chessatwork

  3. Jay Martin

    Glad to be of inspiration 🙂

  4. Greggles

    While it will never match a real board, is probably one of the better online chess websites out there.

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