Thursday, April 5, 2012
As there was no chess club this Wednesday, Ryan and Greg had some extra time before leaving for school and work. Greg offered to play a little chess with Ryan if Ryan would go downstairs and get the game. Ryan got out the game pieces and timer, but not the board. "Too lazy" he said to go back downstairs for the board, Ryan set up the game on the tiles of our dining room table. It's 8 tiles long (just right), but only 4 wide (half right). The benches each are 2 tiles wide, but only 6 long. So, the "board" was set up with the two rows on each side being lower than the middle. The four end squares on each lower section were made by dividing a regular chair into 4 sections with rulers and a tie. They gave up using the timer because without black and white squares and with a two-level board, it was taking too long to figure out which square a piece moved to.
They ran out of time to finish before Ryan had to leave for school, so no body won. But, they had fun and got a good mental spatial orientation workout to boot. It even seemed to still be more worth it to Ryan than a quick trip downstairs for a real board!