You discover chess. It seems awesome, but you have no idea how it works.
You learn the basics pretty quickly and start looking into strategies and tactics.
You realize this shit goes pretty deep.
You beat your friends at a few games. Clearly, you are the Chess Master.
Now you're hooked.
You learn some gonzo moves like Fool's Mate and think you're a total badass.
Until you realize it never works.
Almost impossible to actually pull off.
Still, you think you're really, really good.
Your unstudied friends don't stand a chance against you.
Then you see what chess notation looks like.
You realize there's a whole new level to this, and you're just scratching the surface.
You play some actual chess players and get completely destroyed.
So you head back down the rabbit hole, studying classic matches, getting a chess coaching app, favoriting YouTube tutorial after YouTube tutorial — anything to get back that feeling of intellectual glory.
It helps you realize that there are a lot of people who take this WAY more seriously than you.
And they always will.
So you return to normal life as a casual chess player.
Playing on a rainy afternoon with a friend is still super fun.
Sure, kids like this will always be able to whoop you, but it's cool.
'Cause chess isn't just for baby geniuses, it's for everybody.