The year was 1956. I was a 12-year old boy in 7th grade at John J Pershing Jr High School in Houston, Texas. One day during recess, I noticed some of the older boys playing a game on a checkerboard. I moseyed over to have a look. My, it was a strange, but compelling, game. I didn't understand it.
|A Solitary Pawn|
|A Teenaged Bobby Fischer in 1957|
|Gary Kasparov, Widely Regarded as the Greatest Chess Champion of All Time|
|Present World Champion Viswanathan Anand|
|Grandson Canyon and Me Playing Chess At Christmastime|
When I first began playing this game I had no idea that it has such a rich background. Its rudimentary origins go back about two thousand years. The game as we know it today evolved around 1200 AD. Writings about how to play chess began to be seen around 1500. The first modern tournament was held in 1851.
|I Have Referred to This Book Countless Times Over The Years|
These days, I often play against a computer on my cell phone. The computer has 10 levels of expertise, so that I can play against the very simple (level 1) all the way up to expert (level 10). I usually am fairly competitive at level 5. I don't think I will progress much past this level without getting some personal instruction, which I don't think is going to happen at this stage of my life.
But, the game and its history fascinate me. It also helps keep the mind sharp. Matter of fact, I think I'll play a game now.......P-Q4.