It was years ago. Before we were dating. When we were just friends. I'm thinking it had to be sometime in early 2002. We were in college. Hanging out with a group of friends. Playing games and being dorks... because being dorks is what we all did best.
Mike and I found a checker board and decided to play.
I managed to get the upperhand right from the start and I dominated that game. Completely.
He was sweating. He did not want to lose to me. But it was pretty obvious that he was going to.
We're a bit competitive.
Jump by jump I snatched up his pieces. I had kings. Several of them. There was no move he could make that was safe.
He had two pieces left and I had a whole lot more than that and then it happened... I made a move and he was blocked in.
Mike let out a huge sigh of relief and claimed "I can't make a move. It's a draw. No one wins."
And that's when the argument over who won the checker game began.
Mike insisted that it was a draw. That there was no winner.
I told him to look at the evidence.
Draw or not... count the pieces. He lost. I won.
Mike held his ground...
...for ten years!
Ten years people!!! Whenever The Checker Game came up he insisted that no one won... meaning he didn't lose. For ten years I have tried to get him to say "Laura, you won that checker game."
Last night The Checker Game came up again. And he still couldn't admit defeat. I tried it all... nagging, sweet voice, total manipulation... nothing worked. He wasn't going to give me that satisfaction of the win.
But do you know what I did first thing this morning? Hung out with my good friend Google. :) And do you know what I found out about checkers???!!
A player wins the game when the opponent cannot make a move. In most cases, this is because all of the opponent's pieces have been captured, but it could also be because all of his pieces are blocked in.
That's right friends!!! I won The Checker Game! And Mike hadn't left for work yet so I got to hear him say those sweet words I've been waiting to hear for ten long years...
"You won The Checker Game."
He wasn't very enthusiastic about it but I made sure to do a little victory dance and made up for his lack of enthusiasm. I'm nice like that.
It feels good to finally have that victory. :)
The Checker Game was the one and only time we ever played checkers. I pretty sure it will always remain as the one and only checker game in our history.