Christian Ryan’s review published on Letterboxd:
When we were kids, my dad took my brothers and me down to Mexico to take in some local color. About an hour after releasing us bulls into the china shops, he found himself the begrudging new owner of a recently damaged, pricey marble chess set. Upon our return, as punishment for our misbehavior, the old man sat us all down and forced us to learn the game.
I was pretty good back in those days, or, as I’m beginning to learn, my opponents were pretty bad. I even won a little tournament my elementary school put on. But over the years I just kinda lost interest and stopped playing; it’s been decades since I’ve touched a chess piece.
You probably know where this is going. That’s right, I finally started watching The Queen’s Gambit, and like the rest of the world, have fallen victim to a renewed passion for the game.
In the past week, I’ve picked up no less than 3 books and 4(!) chess sets (House of Staunton’s Grandmaster, Regency’s Lotus Flower, a Dubrovnik tournament bundle, and the Sondergut roll-up travel board), thoroughly wiping out my PS5 nest egg.
After all this, I thought, “maybe I should actually play a damn game,” so I went over to Chess.com, set up an account, and spent the better part of the day immersing myself in play.
Now, I don’t wanna throw in the towel just yet, but if my current rating of 331 is any indication, I may have jumped the gun on this whole chess thing.