Friday, December 13, 2013

Our Chess Enthusiast

Pierce finished chess club last week.  He wasn't old enough to go to the final tournament, where all the schools in the district play against one another.  He has to be in third grade for that.  But he went to every practice and kept his enthusiasm for the game the whole semester.
He sure is going to miss chess club the rest of the year.  He's doing Odyssey of the Mind now, so hopefully that'll fill the gap somewhat.  And I'm sure Paul and I will be roped into numerous chess games at home.  The one thing Pierce wants most for Christmas is a game he saw in the MindGames catalog called Solitaire Chess, which he can play on his own.  I do believe this game is going to be under our tree this Christmas.  Pierce will be ready to return to his beloved chess club, come next fall! 

43 comments:

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Debbie told me about Pierce and the chess club, I felt bad that he couldn't go to the tournament. Carrie did that one year, I think they had it at the middle school. I have never seen so many kids playing chess. I have a feeling that the area chess players will soon know who he is.

A Quiet Corner said...

I KNEW he'd be genius material!!!...:)JP

Steve Surratt said...

Yay for Pierce! Oooo, that Solitaire chess program is going to have him teaching ma and pa a few tricks :-)

Buttons said...

Way to go Pierce oh Lisa what an incredible young man he is becoming. Hug B

Lady Lilith said...

He may be the next chess champ when he gets older.

Out on the prairie said...

glad he latched on, a great game for cold winter nights

Tanya Breese said...

oh you need to take him to mountain lake and play the big chess game that is outside! i'll post a picture next week you can show him!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I am so impressed with Pierce's ability in and joy in chess. That is excellent! That game sounds great. Yes, he will soon be teaching the parents some moves. :-)

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

What a cute little smarty pants! I can only imagine how excited he'll be when he's old enough to go to the tournament!

Sally said...

Such a smart little guy. I'm glad he'll be getting the chess game! :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What a totally cool hobby he has taken to!

TexWisGirl said...

so cool. my sis and i learned to play chess with each other as kids, but i have no idea how to do so now.

Rob-bear said...

Wonderful! Great training in logical problem solving.

Blessings and Bear hugs!

Linda said...

What a cutie and a smarty! Hugs for your son.Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Monkeywrangler said...

Congrats on him learning and liking chess. I was on the chess team in Jr. High, way back when... I now play on the computer sometimes, but I swear, the computer cheats!

linking up for R5F too,

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Lynn said...

He'll be so ready for the competition if Santa leaves him a solitary to practice on..(I've figured PP out :-))

Sandra Morris said...

One game I have never learned!
Very cute Chess player :)

I Am Woody said...

Sad that I never learned chess. Maybe that should be a New Year's resolution.

Valerie Boersma said...

It's so cool that Pierce likes chess!

Amy learned to play when she was in the 6th grade-and her aunt got her solitaire chess. She loved it! The sad thing was, at school Amy was in a tournament, and beat an older boy who was not a nice kid. He lost, and then accused Amy of cheating, and so the teacher said to be fair, Amy had to forfeit her win. That still makes me mad!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love that he loves chess. I was never attracted to it, but my Lolo likes it too. (I think of it as a brainy game)
The solitaire chess sounds awesome!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

How awesome! Games like that are wonderful for the brain. David tried to teach me chess before but it was hard for me to learn and he always beat me!

Ginny said...

He is very smart!!! A lot of kids just get bored because it is so hard, but he perseveres. And that is amazing at his age. Phil's chess class will not even let anyone in unless they are forth or fifth graders or in the gifted class. I bet you anything when he gets another year or so, he will be in the gifted class.

mail4rosey said...

My oldest three had a chess game they cold play alone too, a computer generated game. I don't know what happened to it, maybe one of the older boys took it with them when they moved. :) Chess is fun.

Michelle said...

I used to play with my Dad when I was growing up. A great thinking/strategy game!

Jaime said...

I love chess and this just made my heart smile! I love when the young ones fall in love with Chess!



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Ruth Wilk said...

I volunteer in a first grade class and teach the children beginner chess...they love it!

Harry Flashman said...

Just don't let him play against any computer named Big Blue.

Linda said...

All right Pierce!

He's a smart boy! Yay!

endah murniyati said...

An interesting hobby, I guess he will be a great chess player forward.

Betty Manousos said...

so cool. congrats Pierce!

he's very smart!

happy weekend, lisa.
xo

Jo said...

His eyes are amazing.

-Jo

Betsy Adams said...

Wow---I never learned to play chess... Too complicated for me!!!!! ha... I had a hard enough time with Bridge and Canasta.... ha ha

You have a very smart little boy, you know. So glad you all are promoting all of this extra education...

Merry Christmas.
Hugs,
Betsy

Terri Buster said...

He's such a little cutie! I can almost see his big grin when he opens the chess game on Christmas morning!

Starry Dawn said...

Hi Lisa, dear friend,
Wooowww! Pierce is so very handsome. What an awesome boy!
I love his precious face with his gorgeous blue eyes...
The Game of Chess.
That is something I used to play as a child with my father and grandfather. I do NOT PLAY chess anymore, but I like watching others play it.
Good Luck on his endevours, Lisa!
Thank you for your kind emails!
Happy Holidays to all of you!
Blessings,
Starry.

Grandma Bonnie said...

I love playing chess. I think it's great he has started playing at such a young age.

andy said...

Great for him !!! I never was any good at that lol ! Great job

Barbara said...

Something to be proud about!! How great that he loves it so much at this age.

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Olá Lis; como se deve orgulhar de bela criança....
Votos de Boas Festas....
Cumprimentos

Chatty Crone said...

Not only is he cute and handsome and looks like you - he is a real smartie too.

LONDONLULU said...

You got him started on something terrific - how wonderful!

Michael Manning said...

Pierce plays Chess? That is Amazing! :)

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love this! Our son was a chess enthusiast, too. I played with him until he got so smart he could beat me in two moves.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Chess can be a difficult game to learn. I am impressed!