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.

Excellence at chess is one mark of a scheming mind

Originally posted at GameSpot on May 15, 2008

According to Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes quote above, I am definitely not a schemer – note the word “excellence” in the title…

My wife bought me Chessmaster: The Art of Learning as a surprise yesterday, and I thought I’d celebrate here with some…well…chess talk!

My dad taught me to play when I was younger, and he routinely mopped the floor with me. What did I learn from all those beat downs? I learned that you didn’t have to win at something for it to be fun – although I readily admit it’s more fun.

I do enjoy the game, and I wish more people I knew felt the same way. But that’s why I love Chessmaster – there’s always someone there to crush me!

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