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Jun 23, 2009, 11:33 AM 1

Chess may be more played in the winter months, but it can be just as enjoyable during the hot summer. Just imagine (maybe you don’t have to) the hot summer sun beating down, perspiration on your forehead, but you don’t notice it, because the game is so compelling that your senses are being overruled. You only care about the game right in front of you.

This is what I was hoping for yesterday at my grandparents house during a summer sleep over party. I came along to help supervise the younger kids. It was a blast; but it was really, really hot! The morning started our chilly and rainy, but right around lunch time, the sun came out, and heated up all that humid air, so we were like a bunch of fish being boiled in our own bowl.

I played a game of chess with my younger cousin, Ralphie. I brought along my cheaper, plastic tournament set from the House of Staunton. When I bought it almost two years ago, I realized when I took it out of the box, that one of the pawn heads was broken right off! At the time, I just glued it on. But yesterday, the humidity made the glue release it’s hold, and I again have a broken black pawn. :(

Ralphie would be a good player if he paid attention to the game, but he’s always so distracted when playing chess. His father and older brother are both really good players, so I think he’s got it in him; he just needs to practice.

Anyway, today is supposed to be even hotter. I heard 95 was the expected temp when it peeks at 4:00 today. I hope it doesn’t get that hot! I’ll have to run the air conditioner on high, or maybe I can just find a good opponent, and then I wont need it! :)


Anyway, I've attached my game with Ralphie, for you to enjoy:

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