Hey Peggy, we just got the Denny's cards! Karly and Seth will probably be over for the weekend and I know that's where she'll want to go.
Cheri brought me a bag of chess pieces this morning. The people she got them from were from Ukraine, and they were just giving them away. I haven't checked to see if they're all there yet, but it does look like one of the pieces is broken, which may be why they were free. I think they're ceramic, which is relatively easy to break. Kind of an unusual set and I'm just wondering whether they brought it here from Ukraine. John
Glad the gift cards got there in time for hopefully being able to use them this weekend! Peggy
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Thanks Peggy. It's Saturday morning and we still haven't got the kids yet so we haven't yet used the cards. Probably this afternoon.
I looked through that bag of chess pieces. They are ceramic but they're all there. One of the Knights was broke in half but easily super-glued together. A few weeks ago she found me a "Roman" set for 50 cents or a dollar. This was in a clear plastic bag and said "Free" and "Works". I've got so many sets now I don't know what to do with them. (Most are small "Dollar Store" sets.) I still need to have a big yard sale and unload a few! John
Consider opening a chess set Museum. ;)
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I hadn't really considered a museum. If I had the space I'd do that right here. I lost count at about 100 sets and have no idea how many I have now. I keep about 3 sets on display, (2 of them very small) and one set out that I use. The one I use is mainly for studying games I've played over the computer. Maybe a dozen small ones are in plastic display cases stacked up. The majority are in big plastic tubs and I never see them. If you go by Ebay, some of them are fairly valuable. The Roman set Cheri recently got me goes for about $40. Many of them are still worth about what I paid for them. (I won't hardly pay over $20.) Many are pretty much the same but come in more or less elaborate cases. Many don't come with their own boards. Many others are so weird they're not really playable, like the "Star Wars" or "Lord Of The Rings" sets.
I've learned about a few of them from a guy on YouTube. There's one really nice set my brother found me years ago and I couldn't tell whether it was Napoleonic, or early American. The YouTube guy told me it was the Revolutionary war. Another nice set that Cheri found at a yard sale, I've seen on television a few times. It was in one of the "Grumpy Old Men" movies. Jack Lemmon and Ann Margret were playing with it. I also saw the same set in a "Columbo" episode. (Turns out Peter Falk was a high rated player.) The YouTube guy told me it was an Austrian style set. He turned out to be a great source of information.
I've been losing to a player recently, about 2 thirds of the time. That I wouldn't mind so much but both of us are really slow movers and a game can easily last an hour and a half. Last night's game went over an hour and a half and was an 80 move draw. Makes me crazy! John
You need a chess computer board so you can play without the internet. ;)
How is Cheri doing??