A Morale Booster Is

Playing Chess on the Computer

Human vs Human
You vs Yourself
Cos whether Black or White wins
YOU WIN

And it is a good break from losing
and hearing the endless rant on
Why It Is Okay To LOSE

Malcolm has been a sore loser when it comes to playing chess and we have been trying to teach him to accept defeat graciously for the longest time.

For a while, he did not touch the chess board, for he was too afraid to lose.
Last night, he had a game with Dad.
After a few good moves coupled with Dad’s complacency and carelessness, he managed to defeat the Queen and Knight early in the game

But he soon lost his will to defend when his own Queen got defeated and when Dad gained a new Queen.

Malcolm lost BUT for the first time we heard him said
‘It is ok to lose’
We knew it wasn’t easy for him
and we could see him held back his tears

Then he told us quietly but firmly,
He wanted a game on the computer

We let him even though it was nearing bedtime
and we watched him played on

Him Vs Himself

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Checkmate

SO I wasn’t concentrating
I was tired
I was distracted
I was complacent
I lost my queen and bishop to careless move
AND my boy CHECKMATE me today!
I succumbed to his castle, horse and queen after defending my king for the longest time.
It was a shameful and prideful moment
What can I say, I think I just have to be more cautious before making my next move
and stop being such a bimbo when it comes to playing chess!

sep 027

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