UNBEKNOWNST to me Rose had learned to play chess.
I used to play the great game 20 years ago and still had a chess set in a cupboard. We retrieved it and I set up the pieces.
"But this is different," Rose said. “I’m Papua New Guinean, you’re Australian, so you play black and I play white.”
I agreed to that, but there was more.
“And every time we lose a piece, there is a musical forfeit."
Musical chess? That was interesting. I had a large collections of CDs and MP3s so it was feasible.
Rose had done her research and opened with the King's Gambit. I replied with the Domiano Defence.
"I take your pawn!” Rose exclaimed, “now you must play me a forfeit."
I offered the Freedom Medley.