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

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  1. #21
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    I learned to play chess like I learned to play every OTHER game with my brothers. (4 and 8 years older than me) We would start playing and they would checkmate me.

    In games where more than 2 people were needed (risk, monopoly... etc) they would set me up and then dump me out of the game as early as possible. It took me a while as a 20 something to figure out why I knew so many games but never knew how to win any.

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    I learned the rules when I was small, but I didn't care enough to play more than once or twice a year (and never learned enough strategy to compete with "real" players). Just last night ENFP dad taught me skills--he's a very strong player (had an INTJ older brother who made him learn so he could have a competitor).
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    Pretty young...

    ISTJ dad who memorized an algorithm for beating the game, and it works 90% of the time :-D

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    I learned it when I was 10. I read about it in the Harry Potter books (yes, I AM embarrassed) so I decided to learn it as well. And when I finally got the game I got tired of it very quickly. Games get boring very quickly to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    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.
    I am aware of this. However towards my subjective opnion children that are good in skills needed for learning how to play have a much larger probability to gravitate towards it.



    For example after chess I swiched to Dune 2 (the first real time strategy ever)

    I mean I was quite fascinated with the concept of creating a economy need for supporting warfare, infrastructure construction, the diversity of armed units at your disposal, politics behind the conflict etc......


    However I was kid at the moment. (in the most literal sense of the word. )


    I mean untill I found out that I am expressed INTJ I simply could not explain to myself all the stuff I have in my head. So I am wondering about how this went in the case of others. (nothing more)

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    My father tried to teach me at age 10-11. I understood the rules well enough, but I was never all that interested in the game.

    So now, I don't really know how to play.

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    I learned at a young age since my INTJ mom taught me a bunch of strategy games when I was young. I spent quite a a bit of time playing and learning. I stopped at around 11 or 12 or so.

    In high school, some of my friends started picking up the game. I started playing with them and was surprised at how vastly different the way they were learning it was to how I had. They learned through specific maneuvers and studying of games. I had learned essentially through trial and error, experience, and simple intuition.

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    Is it embarrassing to say I never learned to play chess?
    I wasn't interested lol.
    I preferred video games :P
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    I used to beg my father to play and he'd say I was too young -- he finally did when I was maybe ten or eleven. I still remember the first time I beat him -- many, many games later -- he wasn't the sort to let me win -- I really had to earn it!

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    I was 7 and I learned only so I could beat my brother at another game, I was pretty competitive when I was younger.
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