Saturday, June 27, 2009

Chess


Our family loves to play games. Logan's most recent desire is to learn how to pay chess. I think this comes from the award ceremony the last day of Kindergarten. There was only one kindergartener that was in the chess club this year. Usually they don't allow them on the team, but the boy showed he could play, so they let him.

Genetically enhanced (cursed) by his father at birth, Logan shows glimpses of my competitiveness. We made flashcards to help him remember the moves and we are on a two to three game a day pace toward his rank of Grand Champion of the house. To his credit, he is getting better.

One game we are not allowed to play in the house is Monopoly. Really, I have no cosmic control over the dice, forcing my opponents to land on properties more overdeveloped than most subdivisions? Sometimes it's better to leave certain games in the box, than to try stuffing them back in like Pandora's.

When we make "winning" the whole point of existence (conversations, relationships, driving, teeth brushing), many times we find ourselves the losers. So Monoploy collects dust in the closet, while we work out the finer points of "how come this horse can't move straight."

Have a great weekend everybody!

Oh, and if I ever broke one of your dice in half, I'm sorry. Changed man, really. smiles.

23 comments:

Baino said...

Wow first again! Pigs may fly! You don't play Monopoly? You have a kindy kid who plays Chess. Man what is he a child prodigy or something? We love board games, I guess years of camping and having to entertain ourselves in the evenings. Although chess hasn't been among them. Probably because it's a game for two. Glad your curbing that competitive edge now! (And tell him that horses just don't like moving in straight lines, the have to be taught! hehe)

otin said...

I am very competitive, and I hate to lose, and I like to follow strict rules, that is why I hate momopoly, everyone plays different rules! winning is not everything, but I always strive for it!

lakeviewer said...

I love this; you are a thoughtful father.

subtorp77 said...

Brian, as long as he wants to play the game and shows interest in it, then by all means. But working in a few losses on his side will go a long way in learning that "winning isn't everything". Princess hates to lose( pseudo checker champ that she is )but working on that. I figure as lopng as I can just finish the game or race, then I've accomplished something.

Brian Miller said...

congrats baino! had to give up monopoly fot the sanity of the fam. ah love camping, have quite a few camping games. lol. i'll share the horse comment w/ him in the morning, he'll love it, then be sorely confused when we play.

@otin - i as well, have to curb it though...

@lakeviewer - aw, shucks...ty

@subtorp - we're having fun with it. the chess set we got has checkers as well. we enjoy that too. (found the one above on the porch of an old farm in the mountains...cobs vs. knobs) finishing is a big part of the battle

Shrinky said...

Ah, this brings me back - my da taught me to play chess (darned if I can remember half the moves now, but then, I never really was much good at it).

It's scrabble we are addicted to - we are the sad family you spot on vacation, the one sitting in the shade by the pool, board spread out between them.

I don't think it matter's so much what the game that is played - even monopoly requires you to share one on one time communicating together.

Valerie said...

I'm not a bad loser but, hey, my boy could have let me win some of the time when we played chess. Boys at that age seem to learn so fast. I agree with Subtorp that it's essential to teach that winning isn't everything.

Leah said...

What is it about Monopoly? It brings out the very worst in people, including certain members of my own dear family.

I am a very very gracious loser, but an even more gracious winner, which sometimes is not a very good thing, LOL!

Daniel said...

Yes, I have the scars from the Monopoly games played as a child. The tears, the detached retinae, the broken nose, the three broken ribs. All of this is best buried deep, oh so deep.

Hilary said...

So nice to know that some kidlets are still playing real games.. as opposed to those play electronically. Cribbage is a favourite at our house.

Lorraine said...

All I know is that I always refused to be the banker lol :)

Rain said...

LOL, makes me think of some rather heated games of "Sorry" I played with my ex-family. They just hated to lose so much it ended up a bitter war...of course I egged it on with a very loud sarcastic "Sohhhh-reeeeeee" whenever I could stop their next move, just to see them turn red with anger...too competitive to the point of ridiculous!

Maggie May said...

Your son is cleverer than me then as I never learned to play chess.
More healthy to play chess and to use your brain than to use Playstations & DSs all the time.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Hi Brian
I've seen you commenting all over blogsville.
I'm here from Lola's to congtatulate you on your award and to say, "Hi"
Love chess - often play my son who has started to beat me more often these days ~ Eddie

Maggie May said...

my son Dakota is a great chess player, while i suck. i love checkers though :)

Ronda Laveen said...

Never got the hang of Chess. I think my brother was like you. But when he was teaching me, his men could move all over the place but could not. Game ended badly. Never picked it up again but I'll challenge you to Dream Date Barbie. Dream or Dud?

Tom said...

my side of the family is really competative too...which has rubbed off onto the kids...to the point where they often don't play card games because they don't like losing...

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I love playing chess but never taught the kids the game. We were scrabble fans with my DH really only being able to do words as big as the kids..LOL!

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Mrsupole said...

When I was a young girl I loved to play Chess and Checkers, but we all played a good game of Monopoly too. We also played a lot of card games. I am not sure why we never play anymore. When the girls were young I played with them, but my hubby has never been one to play them. Now the grandkids come over and play the Wii, Gameboy, or games on their computer we have here for them. But we are most competitive on this game called Touch Master that we play on the Nintendo DS. They are puzzle games that you have to solve and it keeps the 10 top scores that any of us have played and we always want to knock the other one off the top.

But mostly when the grandkids are here I try to put them to work doing things for me around the house. That way they can earn money and they are helping us too. I am also trying to teach the older boys to cook, I tell them that all women appreciate a man who can cook, clean and do laundry. Some day they will be happy we do this.

Keep up the good work in teaching your sons about life, tis good you do this.

God bless.

Candie Bracci said...

You damned right about that game from hell:Monopoly!Arrrrr LOL
Hope you had a great weekend!:)

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