This page is not intended to be of specific interest to chessplayers, but mainly to present stories from the world of chess that may be of general interest to boardgamers.
For starters, here's a curious item. I had a list of about 10 things I didn't like about tournament chess. Let's see how many I can remember (reconstruct):
- While engaged in a tournament game, I made a serious effort to dominate on the board. But too many players (and how could I be sure I was not sometimes one of them) carried that attitude of domination off the board, as well.
- For family reasons, I'd been removed from the middle of 4th grade and placed in a boarding school in the middle of the 5th grade (their lowest grade). This was Marymount Military Academy in Spanaway, WA. Outside of Dominican nuns, who ran the school along with a few retired military officers, it was all-male. Because of that experience, I've had a nearly life-long consciousness of, and distaste for, single-gender environments that I've found myself in. In many of the chess tournaments I've played in there were a few women players, but the proportion was very, very small.
- .... more to come.