Ha ha. It would be if there was a Q3 on the board!
I started playing chess when I was 5. I SHOULD have been a good kid and learnt the grid conventions A2: A4 etc, but I didn't. Still, I did beat my father in our second game. He taught me how to play in the first.
Alice in W is great (and very approp') because it is a story about making sense of alien environments and examining pre-existing concepts anew.
I LOVE alice from Carnegie Mellon; I found it a while ago. I got busy creating a beach with a carousel and then populated it with penguins that sing the musical notes if you click on them! LOL.
This may seem like regression.......but I believe firmly we should retain elements of being a curious child in us --- with our adult maturities and sense-making synched with this. Only then can true creativity and innovation occur.
As well as alice there's sophie which could potentially replace PDFs within 5 years. It's like the wiki-version of PDFs and books --- very powerful and compelling tech....
Re. chess, well I watched my father playing with his friends once and thought it was cool. I picked it up no problemo. Nowadays I play against the in-flight entertainment systems (I win.....A LOT). I also once beat 5 medics simultaneously. Also beat the chess game developed in Squeak and built in Croquet, the brainchild of Alan Kay and 5 other architects (yes THAT Alan Kay, ex-Apple and absolute genius imo).
I sent all my chess moves to Alan's fellow architect, Dr Julian Lombardi of Duke U, and he was gobsmacked. Then later I also found a bug in their code on pari-passu moves.
I'm not good at chess per se --- I just play for fun because it makes the brain tick and gives it a good exercise!