I learned how to play chess when I was watching my friends playing chess in the late 1950s or early 1960s. I stopped playing chess because I was dancing the ballroom dance, appeared in the movies as a bit player/character actor, playing basketball and studying at that time. I had not played chess for a long time. I just resumed playing chess more or less 15 years ago. I like playing chess now because it exercise my brain with the combination of my hobby ballroom dancing which also exercise my body.
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Ray Duque III (GMBD), USA
my father taught me chess when i was about 4 or 5 yrs and now i am 11 yrs old and its my passion to play chess and i am fide rated too - 1038
My parents got me a plastic set that was common in the 1950's, cardboard with red and black squares and checkers and hollow plastic chess men. No one in our town knew how to play, so I had to learn from the little one page "instructions" included in the box. I had absolutely no idea of the game, and I remember reading those small print instructions and thinking it was absurd, all the pieces moving different ways, en passant, pawns turning into queens, and castling, and you don't really capture the king, you just get to where you can capture him and nothing can be done, and so on. About six months later I found someone else who knew how to play and we had a few games. Never played again until college.
This was a thread I posted a year or two ago. I forgot that I had already a thread like this before. Please continue your comments. Thank you all and regards.
Ray Duque III (GMBD), USA
My grandfather tought me. He explained to me the rules, and he would play against me without making sugestions or anything, just letting me figure out the game from scratch. I remember discovering the Scholar's Mate, and he would fall for it on purpose sometimes so I could win! Don't remember when I stopped playing.
Then i had a friend, we were aged 16 or so, who loved to play and we starting playing again (almost a thousand matches vs).
Quit again and then started online chess last year.
I hired a coach to teach me.
My grandfather when I was a kid. We played every afternoon one game.
Rest with pieces , Otto.
Daddy taught me. Last week I played with him again first time after maybe 30 years. God is he weak!
I learned it myself in my freshman college. I always heard that chess was good for mental health so I started playing it in the year 2014 sometime in my freshman year. I don't think anyone in my family really knows how to play to my knowledge.