I'm no good at chess

by Julia Gotz December. 09, 2007 8260 views

My father was a patient chess teacher, and I wanted so badly to show him I was smart, but chess was simply out of my reach. If I managed to come up with what I hoped was a good attack, I would forget about defense, and BANG, my Queen was lost. He'd let me take my move back and try again, but it was no use.

'Think carefully', he'd say, and I'd stare at the board, hoping to envision a plan - moves and counter moves. I got nothing. Inevitably, the figures would become people. Sometimes they were families - a Queen-mother and King-father, Bishop-grandmothers and Pawn-children, Knight-dog in the yard of the Rook-bungalow.

The Queens were fighting a vicious battle, and it was personal.

For the kings it was more a matter of principle, and they barely got excited at all.

My favorites were the picasso-esque knights - the only ones with faces. In my father's chess set, every horse is quite unique. One of these is shy and introspective. The other is very outgoing and perhaps a bit gullible.

Who weeps for the sacrificed pawn?

The pawns get together and realise the king is their true enemy.

I remained a very poor chess player. However, the experience may have been useful preparation for my work as a psychotherapist.

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Ed M 13 years ago

Nice chess photos, gives me some ideas to improve my one attempt so far.

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Sandra 13 years, 1 month ago

amazing post - the pics are very evocative... chess pawns should be very interesting to photograph...

we have one thing in common: my father too is an amazing chess player. today he plays with interactive pawns, on the net :)
chess and dad always were one in my head.

i, on the other hand, have never tried to give it a real try... i preferred to play the piano while he was making a move on the chess board.

by the way, chess was invented by the iranians... food for thought :)

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Tortoise 13 years, 1 month ago

The set is amazing, and captions amusing, but the category cracked me right up.

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Julia Gotz 13 years, 1 month ago

The set is handmade, carved in wood. I am enjoying reading everybody's responses, and their chess experiences.

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Miclaud 13 years, 1 month ago

Nice set!!! I play chess with my youngest daughter, 12 years old, and since 6 years, I'm at the same level: beginner!
"The only thing where I can beat you!" she uses to say :)))
I do not mind, she is so patient with me...

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
My Samokov 13 years, 1 month ago

"I'm good at chess" - that is true :) nice set! very well done

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Sara & President Evil 13 years, 1 month ago

so nice...
My family likes chess. Not as professional as your father, but they like it.
But I am the same as you!
I always like to see they are playing. But not to play! Just like to see and think!
Well…
I'm so thankful for your nice pictures and the explanation.
Be happy

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
É»„Æ™‹Ç†™ 13 years, 1 month ago

you are a good photography!

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Urmas 13 years, 1 month ago

great set, #6 is my fav. :)

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Taavi Sepp 13 years, 1 month ago

Julia, this is another great story accompanied with good shots - reportage of the day, or week if I may...

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jet28 13 years, 1 month ago

Fabulous set!

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Carley 13 years, 1 month ago

My experience with chess was very much like yours...only with my Grandfather.... But I just got frustrated.... You turned it into art!

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Geneviã¨Ve 13 years, 1 month ago

I love this post...most entertaining!! And I can't believe you have a category for anthropomorphism...too good.

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
K 13 years, 1 month ago

You may not be good at chess, but you know how to make great capures!!!
Great job

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Lexlevans 13 years, 1 month ago

haha - fun post! you made chess interesting for me in these photos - when it comes to the real game, i'm with you, not that interested!

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Lassaad 13 years, 1 month ago

fabulous pictures with chess nice set

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Michka43 13 years, 1 month ago

but you are a good at photography

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Dennis 13 years, 1 month ago

Chess was one of the few things that allowed my father and I to communicate when I was growing up. I've always had a soft spot for the game, because I have played against him more than anyone else. However, I love your series on the game. I used to envision mini revolutions as well, with the pawns overthrowing the king. It helped to distract me from the fact that I could never beat him.

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Kim 13 years, 1 month ago

You may have remained a poor chess player but I would rather be an artist wouldn't you? Your comment about Picasso was spot on!

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Just A Photographer 13 years, 1 month ago

fabulous and fun!

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Makai Dunne 13 years, 1 month ago

Great set (of pictures and pieces). I love chess. I thought the two queens were really funny.

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Peter 13 years, 1 month ago

Lovely shots. You're very good at photography though!

13 years, 1 month ago Edited
Abbeyh13 13 years, 1 month ago

fun set... i love the black and whites!

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