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Retro (board) gaming

It doesn’t get more old school than chess

When Kathleen and I signed up our daughter Nadia for chess club, I don’t think either of us imagined that we’d have to learn the game. I mean, it’s not my name on the registration form. But, really, how else was she going to practice at home?

So I downloaded what is supposedly the best chess app for iOS, Chess.com. And it made me realize that this was where the seeds of my love for board games were planted: me in my pajamas, playing Chessmaster 2000 on the family PC and having absolutely no idea what I was doing. I knew how the pieces moved but couldn’t grasp planning one, two or even three moves ahead. It broke my young brain.

While I eventually gave up trying to learn chess, I did move on to childhood staples like Monopoly, Risk and Stratego. The latter bares a striking similarity to chess, albeit with simplified gameplay and a theme that makes the whole thing easier to digest.

Not much has changed since my first attempt to learn chess. It still breaks my brain, but at least there’s an incentive to push through any hurdles: ensuring all that money I threw down to get Nadia into after school chess club doesn’t go to waste. Well, that and the added bonus of being able to play another board game with my daughter. That’s cool, too.