75 ( +1 | -1 ) How old did you start playing?Here is an interesting topic but forgive me if this has been done before. I want people to put down how old you was when you first started playing chess? I first started playing chess against my grandad when I was eleven and I got beaten every time. It was then when I decided to learn chess better. It took four years before I was able to beat him and it was a good feeling as he was a good player. From then on I've played in lots of games and won more than I have lost or drawn. I stumbled upon this site by accident while trying to find a chess site that would work properly on my tv internet and I must say it has been a godsend for me. Best wishes Jeffery horne
16 ( +1 | -1 ) I learned the rules......at 15,but only started getting really interested when I was 18. I got hooked watching the Fischer-Spassky match on Public TV,and it's been all downhill since then!
26 ( +1 | -1 ) How old I was when I started playingI learned chess from grandad at the age of 6 and played both him and my cousins, but I first started playing for real, when I became a clubplayer at the age of 12. For many years I have been devoted to correspondence chess, and most of my sparetime goes playing this.
55 ( +1 | -1 ) That's a difficult question if you know what I mean.
I was born and lived in a neighborhood or family where games and sport facilities were around. May be I have touched a chessboard when I was 1 year old. Who knows? Okay, when I know the rule of chess? Which rules? En passant?
It is common to educate children with toys, games and sport facilities. And I "master" each games or sports in an "evolution" manner. But I guarantee that I can count the number of people who had ever played with me until "check-mate".
15 ( +1 | -1 ) i learned how the pieces move and basiccheckmate and check rules and stuff like that when i was 9. then when i was 11 i started wanting to get better, so i learned the not so basic stuff...
6 ( +1 | -1 ) I don't know when I learned the moves,but I first started really learning when I turned 11.
12 ( +1 | -1 ) i learned the movesat about 11... about 4 years ago, in grade 10, i found a club and have played more seriously since then.
146 ( +1 | -1 ) I cant rememberMy exact age when I learned to play, but I was very very young :-) I played with my dad and years later with some of my classmates at school (just casual games). It was 96 when I borrowed few Finnish chess books from library. After learning the basics like chess notation etc I studied few master games. I played with my friends and with lousy computer programs that were available back then. I spent most of 97 in army and soon after that began my studies again (not talking about chess studies!). Only few games of chess during those years. Eventually I found internet, OTB and correspondence chess. Even though I have no goals etc (no "GM title in 5 years" heh), during 2001-2003 chess has defitenitely become my hobby, alongside music.
To amuse people here is one of the first games I wrote down. Nowadays I am a boring embassador of "safety first" chess, but it seems back then I liked to sacrifice...especially since my opponent had problems in seeing 3 moves ahead :-)
49 ( +1 | -1 ) I LEARNED THE MOVESWHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG , NOT THAT IM OLD NOW !! BUT I ONLY STARTED TO TO GET SERIUOS ABOUT IMPROVING WHEN I WAS 13 , NOW 2 YEARS HAVE FLOWN BY . I AM MORE SERIUOS THAN EVER!!I MUST ADMIT TRYING TO MASTER TWO THINGS (CHESS and WRITNG) IS A MOST DAUNTING TASK . I SEE OTHERS HAVE DONE IT SO THERE IS HOPE FOR ME!!TO GET BACK TO AGE OF START , SO AS TO REALLLY ANSWER YOUR QUESTION , I THINK I WAS ABOUT 6 MY FIRST GAME. A VERY GOOD IDEA THIS QUESTION !!!!! YOURS BLUEBABYGIRL
8 ( +1 | -1 ) startI first started playing, and learning how to play, chess when I was about 5.
15 ( +1 | -1 ) GrinWell , I learned the rules at the age of 8. I started playing (= twice a year) around 20. Seriously playing and reading about it at 27.
So I consider myself starting at 27.
8 ( +1 | -1 ) In the beginning...I sat down at a chess table with an IM named Don Moots at the age of 6... The rest is history...
63 ( +1 | -1 ) I still don't know howas you can tell by my rating.
I learned the moves when i was in my early teens. My brother use to beat me all the time. I learned enough to beat him then lost my playing partner. Since then I have played on and off but never really studied chess. I now have plenty of time to learn(as you can tell by how much i'm online) but no books or instructors. I will have some books on the way shortly so I may begin to improve. But I only have a year to learn. Then I have to get back to the real world and do the daily 9-5 again. That is one thing I love about chess. No matter what you do the game is still there waiting on you.
37 ( +1 | -1 ) I learned the rules when i was in 3rd grade, so about 8. I didnt really play much at all until i was 14, at which point i played for about a year, but still knew nothing about chess. I lost a whole lot.
Then, at the beginning of this year, in January or February, i started to play again, and studied. Now im not too awful, but have much desire to get better.
56 ( +1 | -1 ) "No matter what you do the game is still there waiting on you."
That's a very nice quote, skeeterss0! Your quote and drgandalf answer give me a big hope: I don't have to give up on chess!! I had been in love with chess but I knew that I wouldn't have enough time for chess, and I found that I had no future in chess, and I knew that it was not wise to ignore my future just for chess.
69 ( +1 | -1 ) i was about 15 or 16 when i first noticed the game whilst at secondary school. i used to miss lunch just to go up to the chess room to watch the school team members play there games. After a while and with practice i managed to get on to the school team and am proud that we became school champions in the 1995 1996. When i left school i did not play for about 3 years but always missed the game i eventually found a chess club in my area and have been playing ever since. If you want you can see our team on the gameknot site its RANDALSTOWN dont hesitate to send me a message if you want a game after all practice makes perfect bye
45 ( +1 | -1 ) 11I was eleven when I first played chess. My elder sister had a boyfriend who was in the navy and when he came round to take her out he would play me at chess whilst waiting for my sister to get ready to go out (usually time for several games !!)
I then spent two or three years purely reading chess books and playing through the classics. It was only when I was 14 that I started playing chess OTB again.
30 ( +1 | -1 ) whoopsieI played few games when I was a kid but not too much just learned the basic rules. Few months ago I just got a chess fever via playing few games against computer and when friend told me about this site I started playing here so I'm a real new one with chess but this is great fun!
15 ( +1 | -1 ) 6i first started playing chess when i was six, my father taught me how to play chess. since then, i begun to love this game.
14 ( +1 | -1 ) young and oldI started playing young, at 13. But I started studying old, at 30 (I'm 31!!!)
Now I can follow GM games live and have fun watching them, which I couldn't before!
3 ( +1 | -1 ) At the age of 7 I started playing in club
19 ( +1 | -1 ) Started EarlyI learned basic rules 6 years old, but more complicated things, such of castling took longer
13 ( +1 | -1 ) Iwas 9 yrs old, when I learn the game.
Best wishes Cairo
8 ( +1 | -1 ) i was....4 years old when i learned the basics and 7 when i beat my father and my grandfather.
24 ( +1 | -1 ) I learned...to play before I was 5. But I leave the game during 3 long periods. It was since I began my studies in Mathematics, in 1983 (I had studied Chemistry and Computer Sciences before) that I began to play again, just for fun.
21 ( +1 | -1 ) i wasbout 12 or so..i also was riveted by fischer-spassky on public tv...didnt make chess team at school so took 25 yr hiatus...thank goodness for the internet..chess is once again my favorite hobby:)
30 ( +1 | -1 ) somwere bettween 5-6i reall got serious at the age of 9 and started playing in OTB tournements then, i kinda got out of it in my pre-teen years but never fully detached, for the past year i have been playing religiously and studying somwere in 3 hours a day, ive been held back once for the love of the sport and dont entend to stop...
24 ( +1 | -1 ) I started...At 5, with the movements and abbilities of the pawns, so I'm already 11 years playing chess. I still like playing chess. I went to a club at 9. But I'm not too good. So I think I'll have to study some more opening keys if I want to improve.