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I actually just won a game of chess. This is astonishing. I am usually hideously awful at chess. Perhaps my magical chess cognitive abilities have at last matured. During the course of the game, I did not, in fact, miss hilariously obvious things nor did I needlessly sacrifice many pieces nor did I succumb to one battle plan option when another better one lurked just around the corner.

I am ridiculously pleased.


This is immensely gratifying for I often am plagued by, "Ha! You're so smart but I can beat you at chess! I'm smarter than you!" Which is then followed by me entertaining mental images of their smashed skulls. So hee.


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Nov. 23rd, 2003 11:45 am (UTC)
As a chess-challenged person myself who frequently chafes under the last-mentioned attitude, I give you a big *CHEER*, and great admiration. :-D
Nov. 23rd, 2003 05:55 pm (UTC)
If I'd known you were that enthusiastic about winning chess games, I'd have got you to play it with me while I was there. I'm preposterously bad at it, to the point at which people from three or four miles around will stop what they're doing and gather by the board to watch and wonder at the ever-increasing ineptness with which I throw my pieces randomly into the Path of Doom.

It's boring, you see. So I get bored. And when I'm bored, I stop paying attention to the actual game and pay attention instead to the board on which it is played; and with my somewhat obsessive-compulsive tendencies, I then become horrified by the fact that the pattern that the pieces make is all asymmetrical and disturbing. And then I have to move pieces to make it symmetrical. And then those pieces get taken. And then I have to move more pieces to make it symmetrical again.

At school once we were doing chess for a Special Project, and we were supposed to wander off in pairs and play. My easily-persuadable partner and I used the pieces, instead, to draft arrangements and movement for the actors in several Shakespearean plays.
Nov. 23rd, 2003 07:06 pm (UTC)
Feh, people who are good at Chess. Chess is a practice game. Being good at it is like being good at typing. If someone taunts you with their ability to beat you at Chess, challenge them to a game of Rithmomachia. Claim it is "the smart person's chess".
Nov. 24th, 2003 03:05 pm (UTC)
This is immensely gratifying for I often am plagued by, "Ha! You're so smart but I can beat you at chess! I'm smarter than you!"

I've run into that too, and hate it a lot. (I'm awful at chess.) It was a lot worse when I was a child-genius who'd skipped a bunch of grades... then everyone just assumes that you're a Grand Master, and gets this ridiculous superiority complex if they beat you. Grrrrr. So I almost never play any more, just because I hate that so much.

Although it is sometimes pettily pleasing to say, "Oh, really? So what have you done with that?" If my life is better than theirs (it usually is, clearly) that will often shut them up. I'm not normally a petty person, but I get very stroppy when someone claims cognitive superiority.
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