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After finding a chess set in the library's storage closet, Twilight is eager to play a few games and turns to Applejack and Rainbow Dash. Teaching the two most competitive ponies in Ponyville a new game should be a snap, right? RIGHT?!

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*grins* Very cute, Bravo.

1868374 Thank you very much! It's different than my other stuff. A much smaller story, so I wasn't sure how it would be received. :twilightsmile:

1868617 *smirks* I can't resist. It's not the size it's how you use it.:scootangel:

1868864 I have received no negative feedback from any women about my fic, so I will assume you are right.

If I ever teach someone to play chess again i wanna make 'em read this fic first. Perfect teaching tool. Lol!!!! :rainbowlaugh:

1871624 Ha! That would be awesome! Gonna have to teach them about castling on your own, though. Twilight wasn't up for that level of abuse. :twilightoops:

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1872727 I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm not sure where it came from. I was just sitting around one day and the dialogue came to me. It was so clear that I had to write a story around it.

I don't want to use cute to describe it.. but it was very adorable. Nice pacing, great characterization.

Left a like, hope to see more.

1876968 Thank you very much! It's really cool when people enjoy the stories I put here. Thanks for reading it. :twilightsmile:

Yep, I hate to sound like a parrot but this was very cute. :pinkiesmile:
I laughed in a way that reminded me of my elementary school days. :scootangel:
I loved it and chess humor will always be timeless, you should be proud. :rainbowdetermined2:
Also Applejack's reaction to the "sick" king was priceless. :facehoof:

Thank you for sharing this with us, it put me in a good mood. :scootangel::yay:

1884559 Aw, thanks! I'm glad that you liked it. I was a little nervous about the reception that this one would get, but some people seem to enjoy it and that's enough for me.

I wanted to see Rainbow and Applejack playing chess!

OK. That was freaking hilarious. I can totally see this happening. Thanks for the laughs.

1923916 Perhaps in a follow up. We will see how into it people are.

1924065 It's awesome that you enjoyed it so much! It's so hard to write comedy and be sure that people will find it funny. :pinkiehappy:

With Rainbow Dash and Applejack? It will ALWAYS be funny.

Why do I have this strange scene in my head...

Pinkie Pie shrugged. "Well, sure, Twilight, I know how to play chess."

Twilight blinked. "You... you do? Really?"

"Yep! Although, personally, I always preferred Go. More to my taste. I espcially like to play go with Jelly Beans, so I can eat the stones after I capture them."

"Of... course."

1924101 That's not a bad thought, actually. Much like Fluttershy's freaky knowledge of sewing, Pinkie could have an uncanny ability to know the rules of any board game she encounters. You never know when one might be needed to liven up a party. And with that Pinkie Sense, she'd make a formidable chess opponent.

I'm kinda mad I actually didn't think about that!

1924095 The spark for this story began in Sleepless in Ponyville where Applejack keeps interrupting Rainbow's story. I figured expending on that would be amusing. I don't know where the chess angle came from.

1924135 Yes that "Spark" was still very creative. Can't believe I never thought about this idea before.

(I see what you did thar...)

1924163 Erm...EXPANDING. Me spel gud todai. :twilightblush:

She wins at Tic-Tac-Toe. EVERY TIME. A game where a microcephalitic pygmy monkey can always force a tie.

So... yeah. She can play chess.

And yet Rainbow Dash could somehow keep track of that convoluted Battleship-esque game in "Read It And Weep," with all the bumblebees and seagulls and whatever else. Chess is just way too complicated.

This was pretty great, though. You got everypony perfectly in character, and somehow managed to make an explanation interesting and hilarious for 3,000 words. Nice work.

I can imagine one of them promoting a pawn into a king. :ajsmug:

Twilight did say any piece...

1924251 Thanks for reading this! Character accuracy is one of my main concerns, so I'm happy when people feel that I've nailed it.

I'm sure Rainbow could easily figure out chess. It's more that she didn't have the interest to learn until the very end.

Awww, I love cute little stories like this. Although, I do think Dash would be far to aggressive with her moves if she could actually understand what she was doing, and AJ would be the better, more strategic player.

Poor Twilight, having to see a favorite game get butchered horribly..... :facehoof:

Sequel with Pinkie Pie then?

I'd like this to be a whole series with the ponies all competing in Chess tournaments!

It was good, and funny, and made me cry in sympathy for Twilight. Chess is a great and wonderful game...maybe next time she should try to teach them how to play RISK.

...nah, I don't want to break my computer when I inevitably try to force myself through the screen to give best pony a hug. :facehoof:

May the Grace of the Valar Protect You

Shire Folk

A mighty thanks for cheering me up after a hard night ^-^
As I play chess since the age of 6, I can refer to all of these question. It's truely a very great story. :yay:

That was hilarious. Good job bro. I actually feel Twilight's frustration.

I came for the castling reference. Leaving satisfied. Maybe Twi should have gone with loser's variant of chess.

Featured on EQD now! :raritywink:
Awesome story, and it pretty much describes what it's like trying to teach chess to my friends. :derpytongue2:

I wonder how those two would have been able to handle learning something like 3D Chess. :rainbowlaugh:

Actually, I've gone through almost the EXACT SAME THING while trying to teach my wife how to play Chess.

And oh yes! Have Twilight try to teach Chess to Pinky next!


Yes! I'd love to see this, especially if she could stomp Twilight at Go.

As for the fic, everypony was in character and in top form, there were many laughs and it just feels good to read. Thumbed and faved.

Incidentally, I'm pretty sure I had this exact experience a few years ago with my little brother.

.... I like it, I like it a lot. :derpytongue2:

This totally seems like something that three of the other ponies could be doing in an episode before one of the other ponies burst in the door and the main plot intruded on Twilight trying to teach the other chess.

That and it is very well written. Ther is a tendency when writing about the Mane Six to fail at making them act and feel like themselves, but you managed it with apparent ease. They seem to act very naturally.

I'll pretend to not know chess and ask one of my friends on how to play. Then I beat them :pinkiecrazy:

All. According. To. Plan.


Well... not STOMP.

It IS Twilight after all. More like a friendly rivalry, with a 50/50 split in victories, between Twi's tactical perfection and Pinkie's often random but effective strategies...

Poor Twi. :twilightangry2:

I want this story to be an episode.

Now she should have gone to Rarity, either she would have known how to play or have been willing to learn since it is a sophistacted game that one could find in high socity. Although she might have found the pieces drab and and been lost on making new ones out of percious stones.

She’d never seen two ponies work so hard at not learning a game.

love that line

1924562 That was certainly the feeling that I wanted people to get. If Twilight could just get one of them (especially Rainbow) interested, she would be in for some great games. I think Rainbow would be a very interesting player because she would be so aggressive. She'd be that player who would want to play with a clock and stare you down as you made all your moves, then move hers super fast and hit the play-clock, staring you down again. :twilightoops:

1924587 It's possible. I have to feel the stories inside in order to write them. I'll probably be in the shower or something and a good Pinkie/Twilight game concept will hit me. We will have to see. First, I'll have to whip A Door Jam into shape and see if I can get it on EQD. That's so much for reading this!:twilightsmile:

1924653 I'd love that, but I'm afraid my own poor chess skills would be all too obvious if I tried to write clever, tense chess battles. I probably have about one of those in me before I just start copying battles from YouTube move for move. :pinkiesad2: Thanks so much for your support of this story!

1924783 I don't think I could write a RISK game without needed some sort of anti-depressant. RISK seems to hate me. I always have this great strategy going and then start rolling straight ones at a critical point, thereby ruining my game through sheer terrible luck. I'd love to see that happen to Rainbow, though! She'd probably blow a gasket. Thank you very much for reading this!

1924800 I had no idea there were so many brony chess players! It's cool that people are interested in both. I very happy this cheered you up :pinkiehappy:

1924825 My very favorite thing in all of MLP is frustrated Twilight. Lesson Zero is my Nirvana. Nothing is as hilarious to me as Twilight getting irritated, so I tend to write about it a lot. I'm glad that came through. You always wonder when you are writing if people are going to feel it well enough from your descriptions.

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