So I mentioned Monday that our family is learning how to play chess. PB and I have wanted to learn how for a long time because he enjoys strategy games and I've always wanted an excuse to by a fancy chess board. (Totally valid reason I think.)
Because chess isn't something you pick up in an evening (and since Doc Brown is giving us every indication that he shares the same wiring as his father) we got off our fannies and bought No Stress Chess.
I have terrible short term memory so I assumed there would be no way I would remember what all the pieces do and where they go. But seriously, a monkey could learn how to play chess using this system. I am learning how to play chess using this system.
The chess board is two sided so you start out playing on a marked side that tells you exactly where to put the pieces. You also get cards with pictures of all the pieces that tell you what they can and cannot do. We've officially moved to the unmarked side and no longer use the reference cards. Actually, our kids were ready to graduate before we were. They were very proud of us when we flipped the board. Truthfully, we flipped the board and the kids set it up for us. After that it was every man for himself.
I got cocky on the airplane Saturday and decided to play chess against the onboard computer. I got creamed. Many times. I take solace in the fact that at least the computer had to "think" a couple of times before reaching checkmate. I take my victories anywhere I can find them.
The point is I'm learning - we're all learning. Even my four year old is getting into it.
There's all sorts of information out there about how good chess is for developing memory, organizational and reasoning skills. That's all fine, but we're just enjoying family time on the floor with the TV turned off.
If it helps me remember where I left my car keys, then that's great too.
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