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I love siting down to a chessboard. It's nearly like walking into an empty racquetball court before a match. It's the feeling that, starting now, nothing else is important, nothing else exists. The universe becomes a white, well-lit box. I think to play good chess (not that I do), the board must become the world.
I've always liked this game. It has so much depth and requires a lot of planning ahead and it's great when that works out Even my 7-year old loves to play this.Donated to De Camp on 05-05-2019
I was seven when I first played this against my father, and even with him handicapping himself by playing without a queen or other pieces I never managed to beat him. Until we had shifted houses, I was nine, and he didn't remove any of his pieces. That was one of the most satisfying events of my then short life.
Great game. Probably the game that kept me interested in games as a mid-school aged boy. From here I moved to Avalon Hill, RPG, MtG, and Euros. I'm not a good chess player, but have fond memories of past Chess games.
Unless the players are evenly matched, Chess always seems like too high of a strategic learning curve to to just jump into. Or maybe it's mostly that I've always preferred shorter term tactical decisions as opposed to games where I have to constantly be looking as far ahead as possible. There are definitely far better abstracts than this out there.
I played competitively in middle school, but quit once most people started to memorize openings and play for money. I will still play against friends and have meant to look into variants that are less prone to memorizing optimal plays.
I'm not a Chess fanatic. I enjoy the game, I know how the pieces move and the general tactics and strategy in the game. I do not know the names for the beginning sequences or anything like that. In fact, I really dislike that aspect of chess - that's it's so well known and has been played so much that you're just acting out a script, until someone deviates from it. You're playing out the same games other people have, over and over again. I'd rather play Go or Navia Dratp, but Chess enjoys widespread popularity and I still enjoy playing ... against people who regard it as a game!
(+) Pieces with different movements, almost everyone knows how to play, good mixture of tactics and strategy, has a lot of depth to the gameplay (-) No theme, no variable setup, prone to AP
An abstract game that is plenty old. My biggest gripe with it is that experienced players will destroy new players which I think makes me less willing to play it if you're not playing with people at or near the same level as you.