Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Playing chess with Maddy

My four-year-old daughter wanted to play against the computer in Chess Titans. Observations:
  • She plays an unorthodox opener: p-h4 and then continuing right-to-left, she advanced pawns one or two spaces (apparently at random).
  • No concept of position.
  • Her understanding of material advantage is better suited for checkers: a few times, she asked, "Do I have more of their people?"
  • Her strategy is better suited for a first-person shooter. A couple of times, I tried to explain that she was making bad trades, but the appeal of capturing was irresistible.
  • Knights on d2 and e2 were highly comforting.
Still, it's a start!

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