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View Poll Results: At what age did you learn how to play chess ?

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    2 3.64%
  • 5

    7 12.73%
  • 6

    5 9.09%
  • 7

    6 10.91%
  • 8

    4 7.27%
  • 9

    1 1.82%
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    4 7.27%
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    3 5.45%
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    4 7.27%
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    2 3.64%
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    1 1.82%
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    1 1.82%
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    1 1.82%
  • I don't know how to play chess

    11 20.00%
  • I can't remember to be honest

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    Was never taught and never had a chess board in the house. I don't expect I'd be any good or enjoy it much, because it's a strategy game, so involves planning out multiple steps and options ahead, which requires much working memory. Although ADHDers are more prone to video game addictions than most (for the flood of calming dopamine and hyperfocus that they can induce), you never catch us playing strategy video games, for this very reason. I know the mental strain and discomfort and frustration that kind of task causes me, and it wouldn't be worth it. As aesthetically pleasing as a game of chess appears.

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    I taught myself when I was 15. Nobody plays chess in my family, only checkers. But we've always had a chess set in the house.

    I've never played against people in person, only online. Chess is fascinating but I'm too impatient to think the moves through, so I rush and make horrible decisions. Well, at least I can always beat the monkey in Chessmaster.

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    10, but between the ages of 10 and 20, I probably only played a dozen games. It wasn't until my early 20s that I actually started playing again, mainly because it's easy to find people to play online.

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    My brother taught me when I was six years old. But, although I learned the rules and the basic ideas, I was always too impatient to sit still for hours, playing careful and involved strategies. I start off well, but soon become bored and start just making random moves, not really trying at all and just wanting the game over with. Seems too much to me like those brainteaser things, crosswords and the like. Never had the patience for them, they seem pointlessly frustrating, to me, with no reward that appeals to me, for actually completing them.

    I used to play it a lot in my early teens and won a couple of tournaments, when I was very insecure and needed to show the world I was good at *something*, since I was crap at making friends or fitting in. But once I grew up and accepted myself, that motivation disappeared and I was left wondering what the hell was the point in playing chess!

    I mean, if I win - so what? What does that mean? That I'm clever enough to win a game of chess? Well, I know that, and I'm indifferent as to whether anyone else knows it. So what have I got from the experience? Why bother?
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    I didn't think of it as very interesting for some time, hence only at the age of 7.
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    I'm sure from pretty young. I chose 5, though I'd probably tried to play before then. I wanted to try to learn everything when I was young. I know I was obsessive about it at one stage in primary school maybe when I was 9 or 10.
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    Maybe capability to understand and play chess can be an indicator for young children, it shows faster development in terms of logic and abstraction (thinking ahead for various combinations of moves and plotting strategy)... but the absence of learning it doesn't really mean much, since there's many reasons people might not have learned aside from not having the capability to.
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    ^ Excellently put.
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    A friend taught me the basics and "played" a few games against me when I was around 20 years old. I would play it again.
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    My unc tried to teach me chess when I was 2-3 years old. (He's like some expert champion or something and wanted me to be too.) I kinda got it. The horsie makes an "L". The rook moves straight. Whatever. I've been traumatized ever since.

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