The joy of watching chess

The other day, I youtubed “chess” for some reason. I ended up finding a channel called ChessNetwork where a guy named Jimmy posts videos of games he plays online. In the first video I saw, he played five games at the same time, switching through them and moving one at a time.

Normally, this wouldn’t be all that interesting. What hooked me, though, was that he gives commentary on his play, taking us through his thought process in making the moves he makes.

I like that it’s pretty obvious he’s not thinking 20 moves ahead, not in the typical sense of that. He moves pieces because he knows they’re in a stronger position, not because he necessarily has a plan all worked out and knows exactly how anything’s going to go.

It’s probably one of the nerdiest things I’ve enjoyed in a while, but I like it.