I have recently begun trying to learn how to play chess. Due to the influence of my great nephew (13 yrs old), who I have fished with most of this past summer. He has spent most every weekend with us since June. Anyway, he wanted us to play some chess when he came over. So, I got a chess set and a few books on the game (to get familiar with the rules and moves). Thus, we have played a few games in the past couple of weeks. And, as a result, it has really gotten me interested in the game. I find it to be quite intriguing, although extremely exasperating. Since I really don't know what I am doing. Sure, I know how the pieces move. But, there is a lot more to it than that. You have to plan, defend, attack etc etc.. And, apparently, learn how to visualize how the board will look after several moves have been made, even before you have made your move. Anyway, since I do not have anyone to play/practice with (other than my nephew for a game or two on weekends, if he gets to come over). I thought maybe I could find a "rookie" chess player amongst the Brotherhood, who is wanting to learn how to play as well. And, would be willing to play some games with me, throughout the winter. Swapping moves (at least one a day) via the PM on this site. It might prove to be a learning experience and a means to pass the time away when we cannot pursue our whiskered advesary throughout the upcoming months. Now, again, I say, " I am looking for a "rookie", a beginning chess player (like me) to play with, not a seasoned or intermediate player". One who does not really know what he is doing and makes bunches of mistakes (like I do). Since, I do not see that I can learn that much from/or provide a decent level of competition to someone who is so much more advanced than myself. Since, if you know the game so well and don't make that many mistakes, how could I ever learn how to capitalize on the mistakes, if you don't make any. Also, I know there are chess programs available. So, please don't accept my plea for a game and then pit me against a computer game that you have and letting the computer game make your moves against my moves. But, rather, let us learn together. And, see if we can learn how to play this game a bit better. And, maybe advance to a higher level. If you are a "rookie" and ready to play a game. Post here or send me a PM and we will try and get things rolling and decided by some means, who will play black or white. By, maybe using the rock, paper or scissors game.