“My sister bought me a set at the candy store and taught me the moves.” explained Bobby Fischer, World Chess Champion.
I could have begun this post with a quote about genius, or mental energy, or war, or breaking a man’s ego – all in the context of chess. Mr. Fischer had plenty to say about each of those.
However when I read the above quote, not only did I chuckle at the simplicity of such an inauspicious beginning, but I knew buying my first chess set at age 63 was no more absurd than Bobby Fischer’s start. After playing Bridge for seven years, I wanted a different challenge, but one that would be equally mentally stimulating.
Historians believe the earliest version of Chess was played in India before the 6th Century A.D. It is a game based wholly on logic; there is no randomness or luck inherent in Chess. That alone was enough to make me commit to learning – a game so popular it’s been played by multiple cultures for over 1500 years, and I don’t have to be lucky. I just need to apply my very-logical, thinking brain.
In typical fashion (I prefer teaching myself), I ordered several beginner books:
While shopping for them, I found a set of No Stress Chess.
What’s not to love about no stress? The game is designed to teach moves and strategy for each chess piece individually before trying to visualize sequential moves for the board as a whole.
Heck, in no time at all I expect to be “castle-ing my king” and “gettin’ busy in the metropolis“!