The sisters have a new fetish. Chess.
Ever since their dad introduced them to chess, Ananya eats, drinks and sleeps chess. I must say, the game got her addicted.
So, these are some typical game scenarios….
Step 1 : Amma, play chess with me.
Me and Ananya on the board: The board is set. We move a few coins. Ananya’s bishop is in my board. Ananya begs, ” Amma, please dont kill my bishop. Only then, in the next move I can checkmate you!”. Me: Ok. Ananya wins.
After a few ‘wins’, I ask her to go over to her dad.
Appa, play chess with me.
Dad and Ananya( after some pleading) on the board: The board is set. They move a few coins. Ananya begs, ” Appa, please dont kill my rook. Then I will kill your horse in the next move.” Dad: ” OK, but only this time.” Ananya wins.
After a few ‘wins’, Dad says “Now you both should play with each other”
Ananya and Ameya on the board: The board is set.
Ameya: I checked your king, yaar!
Ananya: We have not even started the game!
Ameya- Starts moving Ananya’s coins.
Ananya: You are supposed to move from only your side of the board.
Ameya- Moves her rook from the corner to the middle of the board.
Ananya- A rook cannot move like that!!! and first of all, you need to move the pawn in front of him. Only a horse can jump over.
Ameya- Ok. Moves 3 pawns at the same time.
Ananya( by now really angry): AMEYA, YOU CANT DO THAT.
Ameya: do what?
Ananya: move 3 pawns at the same time.
Ameya: jumps the horse about 6 squares and kills Ananya’s pawn.
Ananya( in tears by now): Amma, look at Ameya.
Ameya: Picks out Ananya’s king from the board and throws him out.
Me: Ameya, you cant play this way. do you remember the rules?
Ameya: Amma, she killed my king last time. So I killed hers this time.
Ananya( very angry and frustrated): I will never ever play with you again.
Ameya is already on a different task like combing her doll’s hair.
Game Over. Back to Step 1.