Thursday, November 5, 2009

Check out Chess

Chess is one of my favorite games to play. Every round is different. It is a workout for your mind and also a lot of fun. If you have never played or don't know how to play I highly recommend having a friend teach you, or even learning how on the internet. I love chess so much that I collect chess sets from around the world. Here are a few of my favorites. One from Hong Kong's Temple Market (pictured twice). A colorful set from Peru that has the Incas playing against the Spaniards. One from South Africa with the pieces representing the animal kingdom. And one from China that has beautifully carved marble pieces representing all aspects of ancient China from the peasants to the Emperor and the royal family.

Chess is played all over the world. When I was in London this past September there was a giant chess game being played in Trafalgar Square. The opponents were a 7 year old and a 9 year old, and there was a huge crowd watching them.

So give chess a try. It is always thrilling to take one of your opponents pieces, and it is exhilarating to declare "check mate!" And while it can definitely be frustrating to lose (this great clip from the British sketch show Man Stroke Woman illustrates this perfectly ) you will always learn new things in every game you play. Have fun with a friend and engage your mind all at the same time.

And that's your daily good thing!

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