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History, References, and Research => Organizations, Vehicles, Equipment => Topic started by: besilarius on December 15, 2020, 09:07:53 PM

Title: Marine training
Post by: besilarius on December 15, 2020, 09:07:53 PM
https://news.usni.org/2020/12/15/marine-infantry-training-shifts-from-automaton-to-thinkers-as-school-adds-chess-to-the-curriculum?

To improve flexibility and critical thinking, the marines are adding chess.
I guess this is a step forward, but with all the games and software that have been created, this is the best answer?
Title: Re: Marine training
Post by: Sir Slash on December 15, 2020, 11:28:35 PM
What would Ermy have to say?  :doh:
Title: Re: Marine training
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 15, 2020, 11:40:27 PM
Easy to teach, easy to set up, can buy them at the dollar store, and virtually no overhead to get people started
Title: Re: Marine training
Post by: besilarius on December 16, 2020, 09:55:38 AM
Seeing chess as a gateway game is a bit hard for my decrepit brain.
Still, the brain is a muscle, and it needs to be exercised.
To improve the immersion, they might wish to use some archaic terms.
The strongest piece is now called the Queen.  In the original Indian/Persian game it was The General.
The change occurred one winter at the court of Elinor of Acquitaine.
You may recall her from the movie The Lion in Winter. A most formidable lady as portrayed.
And such a fan of Christmas.  After discussing her, and her son's, revolts, she asked King Henry, "Shall we hang the presents on the tree...or each other?"