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Chess-Bug: Patient Zero?

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  • Chess-Bug: Patient Zero?

    Assuming chess had a single creator, was that person Patient Zero in regards to the Chess-Bug?

    Or, was he immune, and strictly the vector?

    Some of Chess' creation-myths involve the game being presented to a warlike Royal, who quickly became enamoured of it, had his behavioral interests modified by it, and gave up war.

    Was he Patient-Zero?

    Did the Ur-Creator beta test the game before presenting it to the Royal Ruler? Did any of these beta-testers become infected? Could there be several divergent vectors of the chess-bug which have infected the world--a strain from the Original Royal, a second strain from one or more of the Beta-Testers?

    Speaking of which, do you recall the moment you were infected with the Chess-bug?

    My moment occurred when as a beginner to the game I realized one day that the back-rank rook roll mate could occur mechanically identically on the rook-files. That opened my eyes to a beginning of an appreciation of the various qualities of Space found within the action of the pieces upon the board--it hooked me, I caught the virus.
    "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch

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    I think if someone is already a beginner to the game is because he picked it up due to some chess-bug influence. In my particular case, as a kid, I used to visit my older cousins and would get intrigued while they were playing something I had no idea that existed. Maybe it was a mere game, to anyone else, but from that moment, an inception grew in my subconscious that it looked like a great strategy game and I had to learn how to play it.

    I dunno if that counts... coz it was before I even knew how to play it.
    Don't drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.

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    • #3
      The reasons behind chess’ creations could be one of millions; who knows? Patient Zero, though, I like.

      I believe I got the chess but back in...ohhhhhh... 1995 or so. My sister was dating a guy and we got along far better than they did. As such, when they’d get into their inevitable nightly skirmish, he’d visit me in my room and we’d play Battle Chess for hours on my ancient PC. From that point on, I always kept a cheap set in my car and played anyone who was willing, especially at parties.

      Then I put the game down for many years (oh, I played occasionally) until someone told me about a coffee shop that had chess nights on Thursdays. The rest, as they say, is history. Been completely hooked ever since then--probably late 2000.
      Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

      An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

      My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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        I was taught the game when I was 6, but had no one to regularly play with.

        Chess fever started when I was 14, a friend brought a chess set to school and told me he joined the chess club. The me back then was incredibly, hopelessly fascinated with RPGs and TCGs for some reason, and I thought Chess was really cool.

        I haven't really escaped from its grasp since then, although I stopped a few times before.

        "Blame yourself, or blame God." - Delita, FFT
        "Give up on yourself, and you give up on the world." - Joshua, TWEWY

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