Kid's Chess Interview
Knightly: Hello, how are you doing today?
Knightly: That's good! Now, do you like chess?
Knightly: Do you like it a lot?
Girl: I don't know.
Knightly: What do you mean you don't know? Is chess your favorite game?
Girl: It's one of my favorite games.
Knightly: If you where to pick a favorite game, what would it be?
Girl: Ummmm, maybe, "Sorry".
Knightly: "Sorry"? You like that more than chess?!
Girl: Maybe sometimes.
Knightly: You've got a real problem. :) I know Sorry is a fun game and all, but liking it more than chess? Do you play chess very often?
Knightly: How often exactly?
Girl: Ummmm, yesterday, I played with my brother.
Knightly: You know, most seven year-olds wouldn't say chess is one of their favorite games; What got you interested in chess?
Girl: My big brother.
Knightly: Who thought you the rules of chess?
Girl: Again, my brother.
Knightly: So, you don't think chess is boring do you?
Girl: Not really.
Knightly: Not really?
Girl: Nah, I don't think it's boring.
Knightly: Tell me why you might think chess is different than other games.
Girl: I didn't say it was different.
Knightly: I know, that but... Well, never mind. When you play chess, do you devise a plan right away?
Knightly: But, sometimes you don't?
Girl: Yeah, sometimes I'm just moving to get a different piece, but.... That's not just so I can win.
Knightly: What do you mean, like promotion?
Girl: Yeah, that's what it's called.
Knightly: What's your favorite opening?
Girl: What does that mean?
Knightly: So, you still don't know what an opening is?
Girl: You mean the very beginning?
Knightly: Yeah, the very beginning.
Girl: I like moving the pawn two times. That's the only thing you should move, really. But, you can move a knight too.
Girl: And I usually just move the pawn first so I can castle.
Knightly: How does moving the pawns help you castle?
Girl: Cuz, you can then move other pieces that you need out so you can castle, like the bishop.
Knightly: Right. Do you always castle right away?
Girl: No, sometimes I just don't wanna castle, and I just wanna do stuff different. But, sometimes, I just do it right away.
Knightly: Do you like trading queens?
Girl: Yeah, sometimes.
Knightly: Do you always use your queen to the best of your advantage?
Girl: Sometimes I do, but sometimes I don't.
Knightly: Yeah, I think it's that way for all of us. Do you think you know all the rules of chess?
Girl: No, I don't think that, but I still know how to play chess.
Knightly: Do you know what "en passant" is?
Knightly: It's a special rule in chess. When do you think you will learn it?
Girl: Sometime I'll learn it.
Knightly: Do you like to play chess with a clock?
Girl: Sometimes, but... Yeah, I do. But it's not fair that when it runes out you lose! But, I guess that's how it's supposed to go.
Knightly: Do you play with the clock a lot of the time?
Girl: Uhhh, not really. I don't.
Knightly: Do you ever play chess on the computer?
Girl: Not really, no. But I sometimes play on the DS.
Knightly: Which game do you have for the DS that you can play chess on?
Girl: It's called ChessMaster the Art of Leaning.
Knightly: Do you know what your chess rating is?
Girl: No, I don't.
Knightly: Do you wish you had one?
Girl: I don't know, maybe. Sometimes I do.
Knightly: Did you know, a rating represents how well you play chess?
Girl: That's what I thought, yes.
Knightly: What's your favorite chess color?
Knightly: Why's that?
Girl: Cuz, I just like the color, and.... I just...Like it! Sometimes I like being white, but I like being black most of the time.
Knightly: Have you every played against anyone who has a rating?
Girl: My big brother.
Knightly: Are you going to continue on practicing so you will get better at chess?
Girl: Sometimes I do, and sometimes I will!
Knightly: Do you think you'll be a great player one day?
Girl: Maybe, I hope so!
Knightly: Well, thank you, and I hope you keep on playing chess, and one day, you'll be a super player!
Girl: Your welcome, and thank you!
- I was a little difficult getting her to not be shy. She was getting into it at the end. We should have had more questions. :)