Friday, August 17, 2007


Superdad and I recently started battling over a chessboard after not playing against each other or anyone else, for years. Decades, probably. The kids noticed our activity when it first began last winter but, out of the two older kids, only Hank was interested in learning and playing. Last night Madeleine decided she finally wanted to learn how to play. I don't know if she is really interested or simply sees it as a clever way to escape bedtime but, either way, I'm happy to have another person to engage in battle.

If anyone is interested, I ran across this quasi-interesting website when trying to pinpoint the origins of the currently used pieces.

Oh, and when Madeleine was picking up the chess pieces she said, "How come chess is so complicated?" Indeed.


sixty-five said...

Oh excellent! Sounds like so much fun for all, like most things in the Superhousehold.

Superdad said...

I played M & H last night.

Don't want to be the over excited dad but Hank (at all of 4 years old) is seeing the board one move ahead already. At one point I was going to take his knight with my rook and he said, "you don't want to do that daddy cause" and then held up his bishop indicating he was going to take my rook if I went ahead with my plan. I hope he sticks with it.

Madeleine did pretty well too but she kept saying she wanted to play checkers. I think she'll be good if she lets herself get into it.

For her part Elisabeth kept sneaking up to the board and grabbing a piece and running off with it.

grandfather said...

After the opening round, the score is ...

kids... 3


Alexis Jacobs said...

I can barley win checkers, let alone chess. Enjoy your game :)

terri said...

Very fun. I taught Kiera to play chess this summer, and she beat me fair & square. I can kick her butt in checkers, though. LOL. They've also been BIG into card games.