I got in a few games of chess tonight at our club here in Chandler. I ended up 1-3, but I was playing people who on the low end were rated about 350 (1765 vs 1416) points higher than me. I almost won a second game, where I was up an exchange and had a good time advantage on the clock, but then blew it by hanging a knight. Oh, well.

So do people here think chess qualifies as a wargame? It obviously is an abstraction of ancient warfare. Growing up I never really played the game. I knew how the pieces moved, but I was interested in 'real' wargames like those from AH, West End Games, GDW and others. I wish I would have given it a chance as a kid, because I have loved it immensely since I started playing a little over a year ago. Growing up though I thought why would I want to play that when I can command the Allies in WWII or whatever forces were in the games I had. Now I play at least one night a week ftf, which is more than I get normal wargames in.

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Comment by Ken Keller on April 9, 2008 at 8:32pm
I agree that chess is not a wargame by today's understanding of the term. Probably closer to abstract mathematical games. But playing chess is closer to war than playing any wargame.
Comment by John Kranz on April 8, 2008 at 10:33am
My father was big into Chess -- now his game is Cribbage. I never took any formal classes or read any books on Chess, and not being a natural at the game, my play would be rated as so-so at best. What I actually really enjoyed was Ty Bomba's Boom and Zoom, or whatever it is called now. Played it years ago and it was quite addicting.

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