To a Better You (Ugh)

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I saw a little video this morning, at http://www.chesscafe.com , of kids playing chess with chessmen bigger than they were. It was at a grade school (in Ohio, I think), and the point of it seemed to be that chess could be used to exercise the body as well as the mind.

It was part of a series of TV news broadcasts entitled, “Upgrade to a Better You.”

That’s all well and good–but what if I don’t have room for a colossal chessboard–not to mention 32 chessmen the size of totem poles? Where the heck would I store them when I wasn’t playing? Put them in the garage, and there’s no room for your car. Bring them inside, and your wife will take a terrible revenge. Leave them outside, and the neighbors will complain.

No, it just won’t do. It’s a wonderful idea to turn chess into a form of hard physical exercise, in order to Upgrade to a Better You. But there has to be a better way than giant chessmen.

Here are a few helpful suggestions, using an ordinary chess set.

1) Glue the chessmen to the board. The more firmly they’re glued, the more calories you burn trying to wrench one loose so you can move it. The drawback is, it kind of slows up the game.

2) Hire a large, strong person to restrict the movements of your arms. Make sure he can do this without losing his temper and beating you up.

3) Set up the chessboard high up in a tall tree so that you have to climb it every time you want to move.

Obviously it is not easy to achieve a Better You; and there is no guarantee that anyone will like the new You better than the old. In fact, they may find the Better You obnoxious. They may even be inclined to defenestrate the Better You, in hopes that the Old You emerges from the hospital bed someday.

 

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

4 responses to “To a Better You (Ugh)

  • Laura

    Lee, are you sure you shouldn’t be a standup comedian? I can totally imagine someone standing on stage using this post as a script, complete with crazy gestures and facial expressions 😀
    Seriously, though. Those kids’ parents must have been paid big money to inflict such a thing on their children. And when will people learn that there are traditional things you can do to help your children exercise their bodies. Like, riding their bikes, for instance? Doing the monkey bars? Running a race? Then, afterwards, when they are tired, they can come in and play chess.

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    • leeduigon

      Yeah, but you can’t ride a bike unless you’ve got one of those stupid helmets, and an adult is riding with you, and it’s all right with the authorities. Monkey bars are out because they’re not inclusive or something. And you can’t run a race because somebody might win. So you might as well play chess with chessmen that are bigger than you are. If they weigh more than you do, so much the better. Then you won’t be able to move them at all, and Democrats will give you someone else’s money.

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  • UnKnowable

    If a person is trying to turn chess into a form of exercise, they are definitely barking up the wrong tree.

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    • Phoebe

      Barking up a tree would at least exercise the squirrels. 🙂 Come to think of it, the kids would probably have to climb that tree to get an overview of the “chessboard.” So maybe the parents bark to get them down. Or something.

      Lee, this post is hilarious!

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