The perfect insulator

Jul 27, 2009, 3:22 PM |

People sometimes get on my nerves. Wrong, not "sometimes." Often. What is the best way to cope, get away from it all? Chess, of course. I play against software most often, and noone bothers me then. No chat, no rude remarks, no letting the time run out deliberately. Just me and the machine. 

Plus there is the whole universe built around the game, a universe that doesn't demand the emotional engagement of a relationship. Chess quotes, books, history, strategies, favorite openings, art, pictures, sets, champions, quizzes, etc. are all perfect distractions. Ah, to escape from real life into chess...! How lucky I am to know this game more intimately than any living person...