Shade arranged the chess pieces while licking a lollipop.
Her chubby face barely rising above the table.
She offered her hand and you shook it.
This wasn’t your idea of a chess opponent.
She moved her king’s pawn two steps looking up at you with a smile.
You ignored her and whipped out your C pawn.
This would be quick.
You would teach the organisers not to pair six year old girls with their fathers.
You were losing time on the clock. The unthinkable was happening. Onlookers were beginning to gather.
Your pulse was racing. You felt llike visiting the loo but you couldn’t because it was your turn to move.
She had trapped your Bishop and was threatening a double attack on your Rook and Queen.
You began to sweat then, inspite of the air conditioning.
You thought, for twenty minutes then decided to play for a draw by perpetual check.
“Please sign here Sir.”
She hummed while handing you the score sheet.
Your hands were shaking as you signed.
You couldn’t stand up though you tried,
For the first time in your life, you had lost to a lady.
Stiffling the sobs that came you ran to the gents and cried like a baby.