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  1. Zugzwang
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    05 Dec '20 03:23
    Here's an article by an American woman journalist who's an
    enthusiastic but very weak chess player.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/02/chess-person-covid-cathartic-queens-gambit

    "I never thought I was a chess person. Then Covid came, and I've found the game cathartic.
    Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit has thousands of people interested in chess.
    The game is a great personal comfort for me."
    --Nancy Jo Sales

    "I’d never really realized before that it (chess) is a battlefield.
    Playing chess is like being thrust into an episode of Game of Thrones.
    As I lay in bed at night, unable to sleep, anxious and fearful about
    the plague that was whipping through the city, taking the lives of
    thousands and then tens of thousands, I was advancing across the
    field like a wildling wielding its spear. Sometimes, in my imagination,
    I was Boudicca, the legendary, first-century redheaded Celtic queen
    who waged war against the Roman invaders. I loved hearing the
    thunk of the app when my piece would land, taking out an adversary.
    Chess is combat. And it’s exhilarating."

    I don't perceive chess in such naively breathless romantic terms.
    I think of chess in almost completely technical terms.
    I do attain a glow of quiet satisfaction about after a well-played game.

    "So I asked my daughter, who is 20 and lives with me, to sit down for a game.
    She beat me in four moves. I was astonished! How did I still suck so bad?"

    At least she's honest enough to admit that she 'sucks'.
    She really should try basic lessons with a very patient chess coach.
  2. Standard membermchill
    Cryptic
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    05 Dec '20 13:25
    @duchess64 said
    Here's an article by an American woman journalist who's an
    enthusiastic but very weak chess player.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/02/chess-person-covid-cathartic-queens-gambit

    "I never thought I was a chess person. Then Covid came, and I've found the game cathartic.
    Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit has thousands of people interested in chess.
    The ...[text shortened]... ugh to admit that she 'sucks'.
    She really should try basic lessons with a very patient chess coach.
    Pandemic + Hit Movie = Many more people playing chess. Let us hope enthusiasm for the game continues