Robert Lynn Green
- I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
On (finally) Winning a Chess Game at Barnes and Noble
About mid-way through our game, we were told by the manager of the bookstore that the chess club, which had been meeting the the store coffee shop, had been given a "reserved" area back in the store. So after Caleb had whomped me, we took our boards and pieces to the "reserved" area. This turned out to be about half a dozen plastic picnic tables and some folding chairs.
Caleb wandered off to find more worthy competition while I set up my set on the rickety table and dusted off a couple of chairs. Soon a man named Eduardo sat down to play me. Edurado was somewhere near my age. (When you are nearing 60 this can be anywhere from 35 to Methuselah.) I remembered playing Eduardo a couple of years ago. (He didn't.) I had never won against him (see above). But tonight, for the very first time, I DID. I managed to push a passed pawn to the back rank and used the pawn's promotion to capture his queen. From there, I pushed my advantage on to victory!!!!!
He politely requested rematch to which I happily agreed. I figured that he would have a chance to even the score, and we would part on equal terms. But I proved lightening could strike twice in the same place because this time I used two knights to drive his king into a corner where I achieved checkmate FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THE SAME KNIGHT (ere) NIGHT.
By this time, I had to get home. ("School night," I explained.) So I left Barnes and Noble with a winning record for the first time in my life.
Of course, I will be back.