New Experience #4 – Learning to Play Chess
For the longest time I have wanted to learn to play Chess, but never really took the time. The closest I ever got was when I was a child and a friend of my father tried to teach me, but at the time I was more interested in playing videogames.
Well, a little over a week ago I sat down, read up on the game, and began playing on my computer. I have yet to win, but that’s ok. The author of the lesson I was reading stressed that it takes a lot of practice and you just have to keep on playing – like anything else. So I will continue to play and learn the game. So far I have found the experience to be very stimulating and forces me to tune all other distractions out. I enjoy getting to that level of focus and the game of Chess certainly achieves that.
I will admit, it gets a little trying at times. And I have to remind myself of what the author says and what I have learned many times in life – it takes practice to learn new things. Fortunately, most of the time it is enjoyable and I keep learning new things from each and every loss.
This will be one of those learning experiences that continues throughout the year. It is surely becoming a daily habit to get a couple of games in the morning while I eat breakfast or a couple before bed. A good friend suggested I get a chess set and play against myself. Hmmm…well, at least that way I am sure to win! For now, Chess on my Mac Book is doing the job nicely.