The Chess Adventures Continue…


I sure am a glutton for punishment sometimes.  If last year’s goals taught me anything, it’s that sometimes forcing the issue really doesn’t help.  Take chess for example.  Sure, I learned to play chess, and it got me spending more time with my hubby doing something he likes to do, but did I ever come to enjoy it for the game it is?  If I’m being honest, the answer is no.  So why oh why did I keep chess on my goals for another year?  That’s a very good question, and one that I asked myself at the beginning of June when I realized I didn’t play at all in May.  Of course, my husband’s immediate reaction to this question was to suggest that we play, right then and there.

So we did.  And, dare I say, I had fun.

Yep, stop the presses and hold the phones!  I’m not sure what happened, but somehow I was able to let go of the pressure of planning 4 moves in advance and just try out some different tactics.  I think my enjoyment was enhanced by the fact that we were able to finish two games in just over an hour… whereas before a single game might have taken even longer than that, and losing over the course of two hours sure gets old fast.

Also, I won the first game, which may have had something to do with the fun factor, but then we played a second time and I lost, and I didn’t throw the board across the room or anything!  (Just for the record I’ve never actually done such a thing, though I have fantasized about giving it a good toss in a fit of loser-rage.)

So last year I learned to play.  Maybe this year I’ll learn to like it.


2 comments on “The Chess Adventures Continue…

  1. Good luck with that! Way too much thinking for me…!

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