I was probably around the age of 6 or 7, when we were in a store with our family. My mother allowed my older brother and sister and me to choose something we could buy. While I went for a colouring book (it seems ridiculous, in school I soon found out I don't like drawing/painting at all), brother and sister decided together for a box with a collection of games on magnetic board. Chess, Backgammon, Reversi, Halma and others. Afterwoods they claimed that I shouldn't be able to play them as I got my colouring book and it was their box. But soon we played the games together anyway.
This must have been the time all of us learned how to play chess. I think we did it autodidactic from a really thick book. It had a golden binding (though not originally) I think it presented tons of different games, board games and others. The rules of chess must have been in there. What I remember surely is that there was an example chess game in it, between Fischer and Spasski, probably from the WC match. I remember only that the white bishop went forth and back annoyingly in this game. It's really peculiar how certain things just stay in your mind for all those years! I really got to see if I can still find that book again.
At least I was the most keen on playing chess. I often played and won against school friends. Our level was hilarious though - it was all about constructing great pawn chains and getting the queen out to harass the other pawns
I kept the game box until today. I hardly use it anymore, because board and piece size are rather for child hands. And a bishop went missing.. we used to replace it by doubled reversi stones. And as there were no extra queens in the set, additional queens were marked with a pawn on a reversi stone.