Sunday, March 01, 2009

Sunday Scribblings #152--Lost

I learned chess from my dad when I was quite young. Even at an early age, chess usurped checkers' position as the coolest kid game. When my classmates wanted to play checkers on a rainy day, I always opted for the chessboard. With a haughty sense of noblesse oblige, I thought that I should teach these youngsters the finest board game known to mankind; I felt that I had learned from the best because, after all, my dad had been in the chess club in high school.

Dad was always willing to play chess with me until the one day when I beat him. Or I should say, he lost to me. Not only did I win the game, but I committed an offense so dastardly it bordered on sacrilege: I captured his queen with one of my lowly pawns. To make matters worse, every time one of his pawns tried to invade my territory to get promoted to queen status, I captured it. I was maybe eight years old at the time. He hasn't played me since.

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11 comments:

Alisa said...

Awhhh...your poor old dad. My dad taught me to play when I was little too but I don't think I ever beat him...way to go!

BJ Roan said...

I play. At least I sort of play. My opponent is always a sure winner. I've learned to accept losing.

Marguerite said...

If I win, it's always dumb luck.

rosey said...

I could never get to grips with chess - all those prawns and things! I wrote about a board game for my SS too! One I'm good at.

floreta said...

awesome! i've always been so bad at chess. i know how the pieces move but that's about it... i suck.

Tumblewords: said...

I've had a couple of accidental wins at chess. Not many more than that at checkers! A great story you've penned here...

Jeff B said...

My eleven year old plays games with the same level of tenacity as you. I love it.

Young said...

Oh my God! I can't help but laugh. You must be really good. I know how to play chess but I'm not good enough. I always lose to my cousins:(

I really don't get what 's the objective in playing chess so I could win.

Dina ... UK said...

My Dad taught me at an early age,
I never beat him.
You have reminded me, I inherited his chess set, I shall have a look at it later......
Happy memories.... :-)

linda may said...

Poor Dad, how embarrassing for him to lose to a child.
I learned chess at school as an alternative to playing sports. I think that by now I would have forgotten all the tactics etc needed to play properly.

neeraj_only said...

chess is really beautiful game ( specially it is raining outside). playing with computers is also worth playing , specially when we can defeat them easily by selecting "easy level".hehe....

i used to "show-off" my chess skills while playing with my sister. Now she defeats me easily.......no wonder i avoid playing her now.