On Why Chess Matters

Recently, I developed a strong interest for chess. I don’t know why exactly, but reading news about the latest World Chess Championship certainly helped.

I first contacted with chess when I was about 9-years-old (not exactly a young age compared to most professional players), but I didn’t develop any particular interest for it. Sometimes I wanted to play, but unfortunately I didn’t have anyone to play with me: my sister hated chess and my parents just didn’t have the patience. This has been the panorama I’ve been experiencing throughout all my life, but I just grew tired of it.

Now, I’m fortunate enough to be able to play chess online or against a computer and that really makes a difference. I’m rapidly regaining my lost interest for chess! I’m constantly watching chess games on YouTube, searching things about Karpov, Anand, Carlsen or Bobby Fischer and I even downloaded the Play Magnus app to play against “him” (and I have to say it’s beautifully designed). Of the players who are currently active, Carlsen is clearly my favourite. That guy is just insane! He just turned 24, but he accomplished so much already! Watch him here talking about the 2014 World Chess Championship.

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From ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World!’ (2010). I’m basically like Scott now, waiting 24/7 for a mail delivery in front of my door.
From “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World!” (2010). I’m basically like Scott now, waiting 24/7 for a mail delivery in front of my door.

I did some research online and found out a really interesting chess book for beginners called The Right Way To Play Chess by David Pritchard. It is THE book every chess player once read in their lifetime, at least from what I can gather. I ordered it and now I’m patiently awaiting for it, but unfortunately it’ll take a while for it to arrive.

This why chess matters to me, at the moment. It’s giving me a new curiosity I didn’t even know I had.

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