I haven't played in thirty years, I used to play regularly with a neighbor - we both liked to play very fast, not allowing more than a short time for moves. It is an entirely different game that way - you need to see the board differently because there is no time for deep analysis.
I love playing the game! I haven't played on line before; always with the board. My kids have all three boards occupied... maybe I'll have to run out and pick on up just for us to play!
Pcunix - I agree, it's totally different way of playing when it's fast. Sometimes, we play with only 30 seconds for each move. It really becomes a game of memory of recalling past plays. Can be real fun though!
First you need to learn the rules and how to set up a board, then learn how to attack and defend positions. The fun comes in when you learn some tactics. Basically, it's about taking over the center of the board leaving little space for the opponent to operate. Then defend your positions and wait for the opponent to make a mistake. chessguru.net
What Haunty said, plus it's a real exercise for the brain. You have to think at least 4 moves ahead of your opponent. Depending on the skill level of your opponent, you could be performing visual gymnastics of all possible moves and variations in response to your move. It takes time and a lot of practice, but it's extremely fun and satisfying once you finish the game.
I'm not terribly good at playing anymore (head injury which has affected my memory) but I play to help improve my condition. I use to play all the time and it is a lot of fun.
I've finally decided on a gift for my oldest son. He noticed that I'm selling an old chess set in a yard sale and made a comment. He's in his late 20's, likes medieval history/fantasy. I was thinking about a nice...
If you do, can you tell me how you started playing, what got you interested to keep playing and learning about the game and what rating or level you're at? Moreover, could you tell me the struggle of being at your...