A game too troublesome for some men’s brains

Chess pieces

Chess-play is a good and witty exercise of the mind for some kind of men, but if it proceed from overmuch study, in such a case it may do more harm than good; it is a game too troublesome for some men’s brains

Robt. Burton,clergyman and Librarian at Oxford University  (1621)

I taught the two oldest girls how to play earlier this year, and I decided to not hold back when it came to the rules.

We didn’t discuss castling, but pawn movement (diagonal attack and all), bishops, knights, the power of the queen – it was all there. They did well with it, better than I thought, and we’ve busted out the board a few times this year after I introduced it earlier.

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