Anyone here like chess? What a great but frustrating game! You can sit down and play with anyone anywhere in the world without even needing language. It seems to be less popular now. You don't find so many people who can play, in England at least. In Cuba it is very different and people play all the time sat outside in the street. You can have a game any time you like. I wouldn't say I was any good at it, but I try. I played for the BR Euston team back in the day, against the cops at Scotland Yard and the Gas Board and stuff. In the computer chess, where it goes up to level 10, I can usually win against level 8 and sometimes can beat a level 9 maybe. But I'm the Scott Loach of chess - full of mistakes and blunders and air kicks. For chess related stories, I can only think of drinking in the Met Police bar at Scotland Yard after the match above (most of the cops didn't seem very nice, especially when drinking). It was not long after the miner's strike and although I offered no clue about my own thoughts on the subject, they bragged loudly about "shagging miners' wives" and such like. Seemed like just boasting bullship of the normal pub braggart and loudmouth really, only a bit more so. I didn't stay for long. Then there was a time when I came back from Amsterdam on the train and ferry with some comrades and we had a chess set with us which had really heavy metal pieces (gold and black interestingly) with which to pass the time on the train. In fact, it had been pretty good because some of the morning commuters who got on at one of the Belgian stations got really involved in the game and formed into two separate teams of huddled whispering advisers for me and my mate. The problem only came when we went through the customs at Dover and got pulled over. After finding out we'd been to "The Dam" the unsmiling customs goon asked whether we had smoked and Marijuana. My stupid mate replied "Yeah, aint against the law is it?" Well what interested them most of all was the chess set, with the pieces being so heavy. I think it saved us from even more rigorous cavity searches while they ripped the felt off the bottom of the chess pieces looking (I suppose) for drill holes or whatever.