I confess, I'm not much of a party animal. I suppose in general that people suppose that persons who are interested in chess aren't really so much interested in parties. However, such a supposition is not only somewhat prejudiced, it is also downright wrong!
Ever heard of a chess party? Well, I must confess that, until recently, neither did I – but they DO exist – and not in small numbers, either.
One day recently, on a lark, I decided to combine the two words “chess” and “party” and to toss them into my browser just to lean back and watch the computer cry foul. But, surprisingly – the computer was two full steps ahead of me – turning up a huge heap of indexes and beating me at my own game.
Chess parties aren't a new fad. They've been around for a long time, and are usually offered as part of a club or chess themed entertainment package. However, there are an equal number of private chess parties – where private folk like you and me buy up a lake of beer and invite friends over to play chess. Now THAT’s entertainment!
Okay, maybe the chess party concept is not for every chess enthusiast – but you’ve got to admit that it does the heart good to know that people out there are actually having fun playing our favorite game. Usually, the whole competition thing requires the chess aficionado to be all too serious. And - it is inexpensive fun too.
If you want to throw your own chess party, all you’ll need is some chess boards and pieces, some tables, some chairs and – of course – some beverages. The theme of the party is up to you. It would add spice to the party, for example, to have the players to compete for a prize. Something in keeping with the theme of chess – of course.
After poking around on the Internet, I discovered these things are everywhere. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, you name it. Why some folks even throw such events as a birthday party. Go figure.
For some reason – that even I can’t explain – this excites me – enough to write this article on the subject. Usually I am always extolling the benefits of training – but here is a chance to point out that chess can be fun, too!
Chess has to be as much about fun as it is about brains. This seems like a truly novel approach to mixing your business with your pleasure. So, the next time you are in a partying mood – you might consider a chess party. You’ll find videos, articles and whatever else you need on the net to help you to plan one.
You chess will show improvement – after you sober up – and if not – think of the years of fun you’ll have trying to push your chess rating into the zone.