I’d all but forgotten about chess until my young nephew challenged me to a game recently. Despite not having played it for about 14 years it wasn’t long before it all came flooding back to me. It’s a game I used to play against my friends and family when I was young, and it was one of the few games on the Sega Game Gear that could suck up hours of my time on a daily basis. It’s just one of those games that never leaves you once you master the basics. It’s appeal is obvious – easy to learn, but hard to master – and every game is as unique as the person you are playing against.  No videogame will ever compete with the timeless appeal of chess…apart from maybe Street Fighter 2. Perhaps chess isn’t fashionable anymore (was it ever fashionable?) but that’s nothing a creative development team couldn’t turn around.  Take pinball for example – a more contemporary classic but still a victim of the times. But just look at how Zen Studios turned pinball into something fresh and exciting – Pinball FX 1 and 2 have sold hundreds of thousands of copies on Xbox Live – they even have a Street Fighter 2 table as DLC! It’s amazing what a fresh lick of paint can do. And you’ll notice that these things tend to come around every so often – Codemasters did a great job with Psycho Pinball back in 1994, getting a 92% score from Sega Power Magazine (a fine publication). There’s no reason why the same couldn’t work for chess today – in fact chess is long overdue a triumphant return.