Monday, November 23, 2009
As if I needed another PC-based distraction, I seem to have developed an addiction to internet checkers (or draughts, as we used to call them).
I'm playing it late at night and early in the morning, with a cup of tea at lunchtime and whenever I should be doing something 'important' but am bored.
It's not as if I've played the physical version obsessively over the years - there's been the occasional sortie on holiday with the girls or Mrs H, and my grandad used to visit slaughter upon me with it when I was a kid (lawdy didn't that generation know their board games, their cards, their billiards?). But this infernal computery versh has got me hooked.
It's taught me a few things about myself, mind you, viz -
- I can't think very far ahead (hence rubbish at chess)
- I'm impatient when things aren't moving quickly - so act in haste and make mistakes
- I'm not very good at taking risks
- I play defensively
- I can play well when the chips are down
I've tried to work on all this, and have started to win more.
Yesterday I finished a game with a satisfying flourish by taking the last three of my opponent's pieces on the board (all kings) in a single move.
Because I bided my time.
It all reminds me of those lessons the Master used to give Grasshopper in Kung Fu.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - 'Everybody's Jumpin' (1959)
If you're running one of the older versions of Windows, the pesky game is lurking in your Start menu right now waiting to lure you - be warned!