Tonight, he brought home his chess set, a laminated roll-up affair with numbered and lettered squares that help to describe the movement of pieces. In an effort to teach me to play (I know nothing about the game, so it was an easy assignment; I was bound to learn something), Alex set up the board, confidently describing where each piece goes, and how best to remember where each piece goes.
But in order to understand the game, it was best to begin with the pawns, he explained to me, soon removing the other pieces from the game board. We’d best try “pawn challenge” first, he decided, as this was a warm up game to introduce new players to “chest”.
I am looking forward to learning more about this age-old game from my 8-year-old, who seems to be picking up quickly, and is eager to share his new-found expertise!