Small victories

My dad introduced me to chess when I was a child, and at least in my memory, he was always available to play a game with me.  I don’t remember the exact first lesson, but I do remember being new enough to the game to be uncomfortable with the movements.  I would occasionally have to be corrected while attempting an illegal move.

Around the same time I was introduced to chess my dad brought home our first computer – the Commodore Vic 20.  I could probably write 50 blog entries on my experiences with the Vic 20 (and maybe I will) but it’s one particular memory that came to mind today that I wish to share.

We had Chess on one of those ugly beige cartridges you could buy, and I played it constantly.  I spent countless hours in the basement trying to best the computer.  If you tried to make an illegal move it put your piece back where it started and made a “bong-bong” noise.  I normally played in silence,  except for the occasional reminder from the system that I had attempted some invalid.

I don’t remember how long it took, but eventually I figured out what was allowed to go where.  Maybe it took a couple of days or something.  I remember being a little confused because the pieces on the screen looked different than the ones in our set.

I played a game against the computer and when it drew to a close I realized I hadn’t attempted any illegal moves.  The Vic 20 didn’t need to play its warning sound for the entire game. I was ecstatic and ran to tell my dad.

It was a small victory, but sometimes those are the important ones.  I was reminded of that story this afternoon when I wrote about 100 lines of VB code in a text editor and it just ran the first time through with no errors.  I fully expected the debugger to pop up with some syntax error.  Another small victory.

2 thoughts on “Small victories”

  1. GOOD JOB!

    I remember when my grandfather taught me to play checkers; and then the first time I beat him. He got so mad! I was so happy that I beat him and sad that he was mad all at the same time.

  2. And now we’re the old men. My sister just had twins. Maybe I’ll teach them to play and see how long it takes them to be better than me.

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