THE best rule to follow when playing chess is to learn when to break the rules and only ever plan one move ahead.
You just never know what your opposition’s next move might be.
Ken Macgillivray, 79, of Cambridge Park, has played chess for 60 years. He is a member of Rooty Hill Chess Club.
He started at 19, surrounded by co-workers who spent their lunchbreak playing.
“There were only so many times I could get beaten,” he said.
“I was walking past a book shop in Queen St, Melbourne, one day when I saw a book in the front window, simply titled Chess.
“I bought it and my game improved,” he said.
“It was just after World War II. It really is a universal game – all the migrants used to play and spoke little English.”
Mr Macgillivray said chess clubs used to be dens filled with smoke and lots of scraps of paper.
That has changed – smoking is banned indoors and all scores are put through a computer program.
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