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Play Yourself in a Game of Chess

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by Matthew (subscribe)
WEN Editor
Published November 30th 2010
Chess is a strategic game that has been an all-time favourite of many, many individuals belonging to nearly all age groups. Obviously you develop skill at this game when you play it more and more. Practice makes perfect, as the old saying goes. But what happens if you don't have anyone to verse in a game of chess on a given weekend? No problem. You can learn to play against yourself.

It takes time to verse yourself in a game of chess. That's why you will need to place the chessboard with all the relevant bits and pieces on an empty table in a spare room. It could take up to a month to finish a match.

Sit a soft toy, such as a teddy bear, on the chair opposite yours. This helps to maintain objectivity. Just pretend that this lifeless opponent is a chess champion and you are nothing by comparison. You'll be surprised at how aggressive you will play and that your opponent is anything but soft.

Remember that the soft toy has assumed a completely different chess identity to your own. Ensure that "he" or "she" (or it) doesn't copy your moves.

Place the soft toy, face down, on the table beside the chessboard after your opponent has finished his/her/its turn. That's how you'll know it is your turn next. Sit your opponent up in the chair when you commence your move. Allow ten minutes to elapse between turns. Continue playing until checkmate.

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Why? There's nothing like the humiliation of losing to yourself
When: Anytime
Where: Keep it in a private room or go to a public place, if you fear for your sanity
Cost: Free
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