Happy International Chess Day 2021

Yes, I play chess. And I have been working at the game pretty regularly for well over half a century.

My Dad taught me the game when I was… maybe eight or nine years old. With three younger brothers who also learned I had plenty of chess partners at home. Though one of my brothers joined a school chess club and played OTB (live, Over The Board) tournaments, I quickly found Correspondence Chess (CC) through the USCF and knew that was where I belonged.

When I started playing CC most of us sent our moves back and forth to each other using letters or post cards. And we kept our games recorded, often using special notebooks designed for CC play, so we could study the games while were waiting for our opponent’s next move to arrive in the mail. I used a post-a-log (see the picture above) in those early days to track my games which usually took months, and sometimes years to play.

At this moment in time I have over twenty CC games in progress, played in the four different server-based Internet chess clubs to which I belong. That number of games will bump up quite a bit in a few weeks when a new CC tournament in which I’m registered opens.

I do love my chess. And I hope to keep working at it for as long as I can.