Adventure 75 ~ Learning To Play Chess [Day 7]

Well, the big game has happened. I struck it lucky and got to play with the white pieces this time. Having studied some classic openings, I decided to throw my son off the scent by using a closed game opening.

The game lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes. You can see the final state of play on the image below today’s video. Watch the video to find out more 🙂 .

chess finalI am just going outside and may be some time 🙂 .

JT

Adventure 74 ~ Learning To Play Chess [Day 6]

Today’s the day : I’m playing a full game of chess against my son and will be putting everything I have learned over the past 6 days into action!

In today’s video, I talk about my experiences of employing one of the opening move sequences I described yesterday and I share details of a move which everyone should know (apparently 🙂 ) and which features in most games ~ especially if  a player wants to keep his/her king safe.

The match is tonight and I’ll report back tomorrow 🙂 .

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 73 ~ Learning To Play Chess [Day 5]

Today I share my experiences of speed chess (in the game I played, each player had a total allocation of 5 minutes) and learn my first 4 openings (strict combinations of moves).

I am just going outside and may be some time 🙂 .

JT

Adventure 72 ~ Learning To Play Chess [Day 4]

Now I’m starting to get quite excited about chess! Last night I played my first full game ~ you can see how it ended in the image below today’s video (I am playing with the “black” pieces).

It’s only a few short days before “the big match” on Saturday, so I’m still taking the opportunity to learn some top tips from the rich treasure trove that is YouTube. Today I’m learning about the 3 types of opening moves.

Find out how I got on last night here :

full game of chess

I am just going outside and may be some time 🙂 .

JT

Adventure 71 ~ Learning To Play Chess [Day 3]

Last night saw the second 15-minute burst of chess with my son. Last night I applied what I’d learned yesterday. Last night a massacre took place (you can probably work out which side took the hit from the “state of play” image below today’s video!)

Today I found this YouTube video about opening moves really helpful. It makes sense and I think it will be useful for “The Big Game” which is planned for saturday!

game 2

I am just going outside and may be some time 🙂 .

JT

Adventure 70 ~ Learning To Play Chess [Day 2]

chessLast night I played my first game of chess with my son. We played for 15 minutes and the image shows how well it went for me : I am “white” – and I’ve already lost a knight!

I’m hoping for some improvement tonight, having watched a really helpful YouTube video. Now I know a key strategic principle which I should avoid violating at all costs. (I also stumbled across the term “castling” in this video. Further investigation reveals this to be even more complicated than the off-side rule in football, so I don’t think I’m going to take that move any further at the moment!)

I’ll be playing again tonight and I’ll be keeping my top tip to myself to until after we’ve gone head-to-head 🙂 . I wonder if he’ll notice any difference …..

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 69 ~ Learning To Play Chess

My Space Odyssey has encouraged me to expand my imagination and grow my creative thinking. To support this development in my thinking, I’ve decided to learn to play chess! There seems to be a whole heap of benefits associated with playing this game and, even though my impression of chess is that it might be quite complicated, I am looking forward to squeezing my head through another wormhole 🙂 .

Today I started out by learning the basic moves from this short YouTube video. Over the coming days I’ll be watching more video tutorials and playing too.

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT