TIL a village in India is addicted to chess after one man taught everyone how to play 50 years ago to stop excessive alcohol use and gambling which has now all declined to almost nothing

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14 Mar 2018 05:07 - +6955
Drunken gambling on chess matches would be a lot of fun.
14 Mar 2018 06:01 - +2774
My town is like this, except instead of chess everyone plays a game called Tinder and, instead of declining, excessive alcohol use has risen
14 Mar 2018 07:59 - +1566
Do not, my friends, become addicted to board games. They will take hold of you, and you will resent their absence.
14 Mar 2018 05:13 - +1258
Now they're addicted to pawnography.
14 Mar 2018 05:48 - +942
Coworker: "Man, you're looking rough today." "I know, pulled another all knighter"
14 Mar 2018 08:21 - +864
Chess stopped people from gambling? I take it he's never seen the guys in Washington Square park.
14 Mar 2018 05:21 - +301
You'd think they would just start betting on drunken chess matches...
14 Mar 2018 07:49 - +130
I accidentally read chess as 'cheese' and thought, YaY for cheese!
14 Mar 2018 11:09 - +104
Honestly chess has dramatically improved my life. I was invited to this chess dot com app by a friend about 6 months ago. I haven’t reduced my drinking, but it has made a huge positive impact in my life. I had started to feel like my life was slumping - work was fine but a bit stagnant, relationship with my wife great but I didn’t want to start slacking and get complacent... I started playing chess with my friend, lost, lost again, lost again, got motivated. bought a dollar book at the corner bookshop on some random chess theory - realized chess had its own language that I needed to learn in order to even understand the book. Practiced until I understood it (btw not really necessary you can learn everything on YouTube, and even though I did this I mostly learn that way now bc it is free). Finally beat best friend. Continue to play him and other friends as well now (he still mostly kicks my ass). THe app has loads of helpful ways to learn new things and improve, but most importantly it has a chat feature and because you need to make at least one move per three days it turns into an awesome way to keep in touch with friends. It’s a low key low obligation way to say as much or as little or nothing to people - sometimes it’s just a move with no chat, sometimes it’s just how’s the weather kind of shooting the shit, sometimes it’s drunken rants, sometimes it’s heart felt life stuff. Somehow because it’s this weird chess app it’s like all the rules of usual social media don’t apply. And the text is usually deleted when you start a new game, so theres no embarrassment of records or saying something dumb - it’s much more honest and in the moment, even when the responses are days apart. Then I began enjoying it so much that I wanted to have more games going at once, and I started games with random people all over the world. Some games and people fizzle out, but others are gripping and the people engaging. I now have a friend from Morocco who lives in Paris that I talk to more often than almost anyone in my life because we play chess every day. I’ve been able to chat with a guy in China who is moving to a beautiful new city with his family to get away from pollution and closer to nature. I got to know a preacher from south Africa who travels the whole continent spreading his gospel. The people I have gotten to know and talk to have been terrific, interesting, and just fun. The whole thing really has helped snap me out of my little rut. I got really excited about a new hobby, excited to go tackle the world, travel again, all that stuff. I started looking for a new job, am traveling with my wife this summer, and am just all round a happier and more connected person which has had a positive impact on my relationship with my wife, my friends, and even work (while I am there :) ). Chess honestly has been one of the best influences on my life. Also - I swear I don’t work for them, but the chess dot com app is legit the best app I have ever experienced. Even if you don’t like chess, it’s just a perfectly made app from a Design standpoint. It has live tv with lessons and matches, it has rapid tournaments, lessons, chat, it’s crazy how many features hey lack in and it actually works seamlessly and never crashes! I made an app with video once and that thing was always glitching lol. Anyway cheers. If you made it through reading this whole thing I’m sorry you can’t get your time back :( but I had a good time writing it :)
14 Mar 2018 08:47 - +89
Village gets pretty rowdy at night with a bunch of chess nuts boasting around an open fire
14 Mar 2018 05:34 - +71
"I'll bet you a bottle of fenni that Rahul will win this one!"
14 Mar 2018 10:03 - +55
Chess and India have a long history.
14 Mar 2018 10:12 - +53
Well this is wrong. I did a study in India about this actually, and we found out most Indians men lie about alcohol use. We only found out because their wives eventually told us. It’s apparently an open secret that everyone drinks but no one says they do.
14 Mar 2018 06:39 - +34
Didn’t they invent chess?
14 Mar 2018 08:42 - +22
yesireallyamachick on chesscom if anyone wants to play
14 Mar 2018 04:59 - +22
Go in at take away their chess boards, just so you can witness none chemical addiction withdraw symptoms.
14 Mar 2018 08:06 - +19
14 Mar 2018 10:12 - +9
Why do some people drink and gamble? Because they are bored. If communities added free sports and games to the communities I bet it would slow down drug problems too.
14 Mar 2018 10:38 - +9
Didn't chess originate in India?
14 Mar 2018 10:09 - +9
They do know they can drink while they’re playing chess, right?
14 Mar 2018 07:48 - +8
That's some sentence there, friendo.
14 Mar 2018 09:15 - +7
their alcohol must suck.
14 Mar 2018 11:21 - +5
Everyone plays chess but no body gambles? I'm calling bullshit on that one.
14 Mar 2018 08:53 - +5
This was my group of friends in college. We'd even skip class to play chess.
14 Mar 2018 10:25 - +4
Given that Chess is attributed to Indian-origin, this is a nice circle of life.
14 Mar 2018 10:32 - +2
People gamble on chess
14 Mar 2018 10:52 - +2
Smart guy.
14 Mar 2018 10:16 - +2
don't buy it
14 Mar 2018 10:24 - +2
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over chess, and our lives had become unmanageable
14 Mar 2018 10:34 - +2
Except chess is perfect for drinking and gambling.
14 Mar 2018 10:28 - +2
I moved to Hawaii in the 6th grade, was a big chess guy at the time. Got heavily bullied for being a chess nerd, stopped playing and have never played since. Fuck I was miserable.
14 Mar 2018 10:56 - +2
Didn't France ban chess because of problem gambling?
14 Mar 2018 09:11 - +2
Pretty surprising cuz one of my favourite things to do camping is play chess stoned with my friends

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