Social distancing and quarantine practices are still in place in Missouri. And with March’s cold, rainy weather keeping us indoors, there has never been a better time to consider taking up chess. It’s a fantastic pastime that is great for the entire family – adults who want to learn a new hobby and kids who are desperately searching for new ways to pass the time.
Chess, a game once considered to be reserved for elite players or an older demographic, has seen a resurgence in the past several decades. The historic game has seen a rising level of involvement among a youth audience – but the attraction to the game casts a wide net and is a great option no matter someone’s age.
If you’re interested in taking up the game, here are some tips to get started.
Practice makes perfect
Practice is the best master. When it comes to a game like chess, you can never have too much of it. Start by getting familiar with the chess board and pieces, as well as the rules and game strategies. Practicing at home with friends and family can build a foundation for learning more complex game play down the road.