Last month I read an absolutely wonderful mystery called The Flander's Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte. The plot revolves around a mysterious chess match. I learned how to play chess when I was a little girl but never really took it seriously. This book convinced me that chess would be a good way to sharpen my wits. So I downloaded a game program onto my Palm and ordered The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess.
I also sent a note to a friend whose children are on their school's chess team asking for advice. You won't believe what she sent to me! It turns out that Emily has learned that your opponent becomes completely rattled when you finish your move and then pick up your knitting as you wait for him to make his move!