For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. argythree

    argythree said, about 11 hours ago

    Well, at least the kid is honest…

  2. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 11 hours ago

    I am with Mike on this one. When you play against someone who doesn’t know the first thing about chess, you should not be playing to win. You don’t want to discourage them and put them off ever learning to play better. When my kids were little I learned that it is actually more difficult to throw a game against an inexperienced player without them knowing you were throwing the game, than it was to win a game against an experienced player. I enjoyed that challenge and my kids enjoyed winning.
    As they got older and became better and more confident chess players, I had to switch tactics and play to win because then I was the person they wanted to get good enough to beat. They eventually got good enough where I had a hard time beating them, but they would never have gotten to that point if they had not gotten the excitement that comes with early success.

  3. Gweedo - It's legal here !!! -  Murray

    Gweedo - It's legal here !!! - Murray GoComics PRO Member said, about 10 hours ago


    I like your reasoning !

  4. afficionado

    afficionado said, about 9 hours ago

    I would lose at chechers if I played against the cat

  5. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, about 8 hours ago

    I think chess is fairly unique where the rookie does need some encouraging through learning and small victories, but other than that, Michael shouldn’t be handed a win just because he wants it.
    We already have a generation of kids who are given trophies just for showing up, they don’t know how to handle disappointment, they don’t learn from their mistakes, and they don’t want to work at improving.

  6. M2MM

    M2MM said, about 6 hours ago

    It’s definitely a challenge to come up with a balanced approach when teaching children something more difficult than the simple games (checkers, etc.)

  7. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, about 6 hours ago


    Wow: you are as diplomatic and reasonable as two of my most favorite bosses were/are (and that have taught me the most and best life skills).

  8. freewaydog

    freewaydog said, about 6 hours ago

    That’s how I felt as a kid, lol

  9. starcandles

    starcandles GoComics PRO Member said, about 5 hours ago

    And that is why kids today all have to have a trophy so their little feelings aren’t hurt because they did not win. No 1st, 2nd places, etc.. Now they are “awarded” trophies for “participation”. Grandpa has it right, but our generations’ principles have died thanks to political correctness.

  10. biglar155

    biglar155 said, about 4 hours ago

    Whether it’s anything from Chess to Call of Duty, my kids (7, 11, 12, and 14) all know that if they beat me, then they really beat me. No quarter is asked for and none is given.

    When they finally win, the celebration is amazing – and I encourage it: Hey! You just beat the Old Man!

  11. LadyKat

    LadyKat said, about 3 hours ago


    Would that be because your cat keeps swatting the checkers off the board?

  12. samhuff

    samhuff said, about 3 hours ago


    Handicaps are indicated here. My grandfather however gave me Queen odds and still beat me.

  13. NightShade09

    NightShade09 said, about 3 hours ago

    I taught my son how to play chess.
    In no time at all he could beat me easily.
    The only times I would beat him were pure dumb luck. Or he was letting me… (hmmm. I wonder…)

  14. Arthur Dent

    Arthur Dent GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 hours ago

    Lynn’s Notes:

    Aaron and my dad had a hard time playing board games. Aaron wanted to learn and Dad wanted to teach him, but they both wanted to win!

  15. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 2 hours ago

    Chess is a good game to learn. Howard Stern was on the Letterman show complaining that his parents made him learn chess because they thought it would teach him strategy. Letterman asked if he didn’t sign a $1/2 billion contract.

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