When we have a house full and the kids are here, it’s not unusual for us to play games.
I’m partial to Scrabble. I like backgammon. I’ve been known to play checkers, and other board games on occasion.
If you’re looking for a Pictionary partner, I’m your man. I don’t mean to brag (ok, Karen, simmer down) but… I am a Pictionary Picasso.
But I’ve never once played chess.
It’s strange, now that I think about it. Maybe it’s because nobody in my family plays. Maybe it seems too boring, or “high-brow” or complicated.
So I’ve never done it. And at my age, I probably won’t start. Which might not be smart, considering a story I just read.
Because not only is chess great for your mind, but the top players actually drop pounds playing.
I mean… a lot of weight.
It’s not unusual for tournament players to drop 2 lbs. a day, or 10-12 lbs. across a multi-day tournament.
Maybe that’s why I’ve avoided it, not that I don’t want to stay trim of course. But apparently the stress of playing burns the pounds right off you.
BP goes up. Muscles contract. Breathing intensifies. A chess player can burn 6,000 calories in a single day!
Back in the 80s, the World Chess Championship was called off because Anatoly Karpov dropped 22 lbs.
So if you are a chess player, watch what you eat – you may need a snack.
And if you’re not a player but you’re looking to drop a few, maybe you need to pick up a Queen or a Rook instead of a dumbbell.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.