…rulers are rethinking albeit deliberately slow, how centuries old rules need changing.
“Chess Is Mere Child’s Play” among other images of chess players I’ve painted, follow the rule that white pieces move first.
While I was teaching the game of chess to middle schoolers, they asked me why that rule exists. I thought about it. I’d never given thought to this rule until then. The then was 4 years ago. Thinking further back, when I was in middle school, I accepted all rules. First move has the advantage, if you don’t waste it.
Suggestion of a new rule. How about a toss of a coin and the person correctly identifying their choice, chooses the color of pieces to play with. Full disclosure, most of the middle schoolers I was teaching are Latin American. Yes, it’s time for changes.
When I saw these youngsters playing in the children’s room of the main library, I thought of the ease of learning various things, when you’re young. Languages, humane behavior, respecting others especially elders, etc.,etc.,etc.
These men were playing chess in the adult section of the library. Their countennace is much more serious than the youngsters. They have more experiences to determine.
The onlooker, can marvel and surmise what he will. The intent principal players concentrate on their strategies. The empty chair balances the composition.
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