Chess is big at our house. All those with Y chromosomes love it. Those without? Not so much. I don't think we have any up and coming world champions, but the guys do all like to get together and play. Joseph, Steven, and Ryan have all participated in the Chess Club held at the elementary school on Wednesday mornings. Greg usually helps run it, so he and our elementary aged children have some fun together each week. Last Wednesday was the last day of the club. Friday of this week will be the tournament during school. Then Chess Club is done until next year. (Can you believe we're down to just a few weeks of school left?!)
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!