Son Eats Dad, Checkmate

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I like playing chess. My father gave me a chess set very early in my childhood, and I learned how to play chess long before I learned how to ride a bike. I even had a chess book that I read when I was in grade school, to  improve my game.

Less than a year ago, I taught my son (he was six at that time) how to play chess. I was happy he grasped the concept of chess very well. Since then he will often challenge me  to a game of chess. But his novice mind is out of match to his strategy-experienced dad.

We have a chess game application programmed in our computer, and my son will frequently play this. He becomes frustrated stating he cannot beat it. He even requested me to buy him a chess book so he can learn to beat our computer. I smiled at his naivety, as I try to explain to him that it is impossible for humans to defeat the computer in a game of chess.

The other day while I was reading a book, my son again challenged me to a game of chess. I continued reading in between my chess moves. Then I realized I made a simple blunder (for lack of concentration), that my son took advantage of. He ate my bishop and all I got in return is a pawn. I put down my book, and concentrated on the game trying to salvage my situation. But my son kept on attacking and improving on his advantage. Few moves later I was checkmate.

It is either I am a very good teacher or the student is getting better than the teacher. Is this the beginning of a new era? I hope I can also equip my son with enough wares to do well in another chess game, we called life. But then again, he already have mustered enough strategy to beat his dad. I believe he is on his way in conquering life.

I will not be surprise if one of these days he will tell me that he finally defeated the computer in chess.


  1. I am an avid chess player and have not defeated the computer in the medium and/or expert mode.
    I did beat him twice though in the beginner’s mode (10-2). Life, like you said is like a game of chess. Through your mentorship, your son has developed both skill and virtue – the skill to think what the right move is (taking into consideration the “what if”) and the virtue of patience – thinking and taking all the possibilities before reacting to the current situation. On your side, you misjudged and understimated the power and/or knowledge of the opponent. I am not trying to ridicule you but rather tell you to teach your son another lesson from that experience – not to understimate anybody, and to respect everybody no matter what the age difference is. Nevertheless, your son is off to a good start and I agree to what you said, he will grow up to successfully conquer life at its fullest. My best wishes.

    I will suggest for him to play in Yahoo’s chess site. He can actually play with diefferent people from different counties. The good thing is, he will be rated and as he progresses, his rating will measure his prowess. I enjoy playing there – especially with players from the Philippines – they’re very good.

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