Saturday, November 15, 2008

Chess Anyone?

About a week ago my husband said he wanted us to have a "hobby" - something we could do together. So we began to throw out suggestions to each other, but nothing seemed to work. I said "Let's take a cooking class together". He said he would prefer me to cook and he would eat. He said "Let's start working out together". I said "that is not my idea of a hobby". As you can see, we were getting nowhere.

A few days later, we settled on two things (not really hobbies if you ask me). His request was to make our way through America's 100 Greatest Movies - ranked by the American Film Institute. This will take some time. I hate to admit this, but I have only watched four of the top ten. Number two on the list is Casablanca. It is in the DVD player waiting on me to start it up. So after tonight, I can check that one off.

The other "hobby" was my suggestion of learning to play chess. First you must understand that we are both very competitive people. Neither one of us have ever played. So the other night I stopped by the toy store. I wish you could have seen the expression on my children's faces when I told them the reason we were there was to pick up something for their dad and me. They were in shock.

So far, I know how to set the board up; identify the thirty-two pieces and know that the player with the white pieces always starts first. (At this pace, this too, is going to take some time) The first two lines in the rules are:

"The game of Chess is one of the oldest, most fascinating, and most popular of all games. There is no element of chance and players find new and interesting moves with each game."

As I was thinking about this, I thought about the correlation between chess and operating a business. I found an interesting post on that very subject here.

I'll keep you updated on the number of wins and losses - if we ever understand how to play.

1 comment:

Genealogist said...

My only advice for playing the game of Chess is never allow your toddler near the chess pieces while your playing otherwise your opponent may have the advantage. It’s difficult to “checkmate” in theory.