Originally posted by chesstora
Hello fellow posters:
I would like to hear how you were introduced to chess. I'm sure there are some great stories.
My Cousin intorduced me to the game when we were around 10 or 11 years old. My aunt purchased him a set and he needed someone to play so he taught me how to how the pieces moved. From there we played many a game; not knowing any tati ...[text shortened]... ame a memeber of USCF and played CC (snail mail) games.
I can't wait to hear you stories.
I was 8 when first introduced to chess by an older cousin, 10 yo. They moved away and that was that for ten years till I started college at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. The kids there were of course a lot better and they thrilled when they beat a fish such as me.
I remember not believing rooks were stronger than bishops so I stuck them out to trade for bishops and boy did I find out I was wrong about that one🙂 So after two years I was kind of forced to join the air force, and on the way there, a train ride from Hemet Calif to San Antone, a kid brings out a chess set and asks if I want to play.
So I say sure. He goes, "I only play for money"! Well you can maybe see how my confidence level fell about ten notches🙂 By this time, the other kids on the train were listening, bored, finding something to do, I said, ok, how bout a game for a buck? He goes 'I never play for less than 5'. Gulp.
I got him down to 2 bucks for a game, referees took the 4 bucks and we start playing. In retrospect, I can't understand why he would have started that schtick. Mind you, I had been playing only for a few months at that point and only games at the local student union at Palomar.
So the bottom line is I cut through him like a knife through butter, it didn't look like he knew a darn thing about chess. Every attack worked like a charm. So after checkmate, I collected the 4 bucks, asked him if I wanted to play again, he turns red, turns around and disappears🙂
So a few weeks later, at Lackland AFB, air force boot camp in Texas, I was in the USO club, the same guy walks in as I was walking out. I said hi, want to play some chess? He again turns red as a beet, did a 180 and hightailed it out of there! Never saw him again.