Over a decade ago I gave my now husband this beautiful blue chess set. I had big plans to start him on a collection of beautiful chess boards, but I never followed through on it, which is probably a good thing since we’re trying to get rid of things now.
This is the chess board I learned to play chess on, complete with a lot of frustration because my husband doesn’t ease up. That’s his method of teaching to force you to improve or forever lose in four moves. He’s been teaching our kids to play chess over the past year too, and he’s teaching them the same way, though he is at least walking them through their moves, but letting them decide where they want to move. I think the kids play chess better than I do, and they’re just 6 and 7!
New year means new goals, and one thing I’m focusing on is spending more time with my family. I want to find a way to spend more quality time with my husband, even though we don’t always get out of the house much.
The other night we decided we’d pull out the chess board and play chess with a little wine after the kids went to bed. It had been awhile since we pulled out a bottle of wine and even longer since we sat down to a game of chess. This was also a great way to spend some time together without leaving the house.
If you’re looking for a simple stay at home date night for some quality time a chess night is a fun way and you can dress the night up as much as you want. Here are some ideas for your stay at home chess date night.
- Share a bottle of wine.
- Serve up a fruit and cheese plate.
- Create some small desserts together to enjoy.
- Play in front of the fireplace on a blanket.
- Turn out all the lights and light several candles.
- Turn on your favorite classical or romantic music.
Enjoy your chess and wine date night, I know we did. By the way, I actually won this game! I don’t think he let me win…I hope not at least.
Do you play chess? Do you usually win or lose? Tell me your experiences in the comments below.