I remember when Warren and I were dating he would talk about this chess center that he enjoyed going to. He mentioned a few tournaments he played where a younger kid might come close to beating him, so this is when he decided he was going to become a stronger player, take lessons and practice a lot more.
The first thing he decided he could do to play more chess was recruit me! To this day I am so glad he did.
One of the reasons I think we both LOVE to play chess is because you can literally play a game anywhere. We have a travel Chess set that we leave in his truck. If we are at a park on a nice day, or camping for the weekend we will pull out the set and play a few games.
I think one of the coolest games we have played was in the bed of his truck inside of Atlanta Motor speedway during the “Middle” two hundred laps of a NASCAR race.
At home we play a few games throughout the week as well as work on tactics and puzzles to help our game. Typically we will start a game make 10-20 moves and then leave the game for a few days and come back with a fresh strategy (doesn’t always help the endgame).
I attended a FIDE Workshop in Atlanta to become certified as a developmental instructor. I now work as a chess coach with multiple schools teaching kids from ages 5-12.
One of the first schools I worked for started a new program last fall. It was amazing to watch 22 kids, more then half who have never even played chess before in just ten weeks playing and checkmating their opponent. It would be hard to find a game that you can teach your children that provides as many lasting benefits as chess does!
Where is the most adventurous place you have played a game of chess?