|Robert the Bruce with his knight Sir James Douglas|
Apparently sales of chess sets have soared since the Queen’s Gambit series
was released recently on Netflix. I
certainly enjoyed the series although I would never have believed that I could
be entertained by watching other people playing chess.
It prompted Paul and me to dig out our old chess set from the attic. We found the chess pieces but couldn’t find the board until we remembered that it had been left behind in France. So we bought a new board and have played a couple of games this week. Our set is quite elaborate and based on the Battle of Bannockburn 23rd-24th June 1314, Scots versus English, and each key piece is based on a real historical figure. The Scottish king is Robert the Bruce with Elizabeth de Burgh as his queen. The English king is Edward II with Isabella of France as his queen. The rooks (or castles) on both sides are based on the tower of Old Stirling Castle that overlooked the battle.
I am very much an inexperienced player so it’s not surprising that Paul has beaten me twice. I almost took the first game but apparently it was an illegal move by his king. Yesterday he quickly attacked and put my king into checkmate before I even knew what was happening.
|Robert the Bruce (King of Scots 1247-1329) with William Lamberton (Bishop of St Andrews)|
It will take me some time before I get to beat him at chess. I guess it’s his revenge for always losing to
me at ping pong. Any other chess players out there?