In the last two or three years I've had quite an interest in chess. I've always known how to play, but it wasn;t until about two years ago I really started to play with an interest. My niece was chess champion in her age group of her school and town, (yes a girl chess champion!) at the age of 12. This got me interested in chess. We would play together, and initially she would always beat me. Then as my interest grew I started to find out more about openings, middle and end games, and read a couple of basic books on the subject. Now I mostly play online, just for fun. I find it wakes up your brain in the morning. With a cup of tea and my laptop, I puzzle over some positions and then start the day. I recommend chess to anyone who likes games and strategy. It can also be useful for memory retention and clear headedness. And winning always feels nice!