How many of you have been called "chess nerds" or something along the lines of that by others? Hopefully I can say that I'm not the only one! I have heard these words from anywhere from family teasing, to strangers judging me. I'm ok with family, because I know they are just kidding, but how can someone who barely knows me make assumptions?
The "haters" have probably never played chess before or have played and weren't "good". Their mind must cope with their ignorance, so they make fun of those that choose this strategic, serious, yet fun game, as a hobby and pastime.
In conclusion, just brush off their mean and hateful words. We may seem "nerds" or "geeks" on the outside, but on the inside, we each have our own story for why we play this wonderful sport of chess.
If anyone has their own story to share, please do so down in the comments section.