I'm currently engaged in games of chess with two people out here in LiveJournalLand. Since I haven't explicitly asked their permission to mention the games publicly, I won't mention with whom I'm playing or give much detail on the game play. (FWIW, I grant permission to discuss any aspects the games publicly.) I'm getting my tush handed to me in one of the games, which is at move 19. The other game is only up to move 6 and my opponent and I are pretty evenly matched. Interestingly, both of my opponents have mentioned that they're taking this opportunity to experiment with their playing style a bit.
I quite enjoy this. It's been a few years since I've played chess. I've never been a great player, but I'm not terrible. We play these games by exchanging email with our moves, in the Algebraic System of chess notation
. I've got a physical board for each game set up in order to keep up with what's going on. I've only messed up the notation twice so far -- once my physical board didn't match the true game board, and the second time I just plain typed the incorrect move. Both times, my opponent knew what I meant and corrected me, which was quite cool.
Like I said, lots of fun. It's pretty neat to really have the luxury of pondering the moves at a more relaxed pace, instead of sitting directly across the board from my opponent.