This is the board as it stood when Gus got to say "checkmate" to me for the first time. He and I are learning together. All our other games have ended in a stalemate, sometimes legitimately and sometimes I have to do a bit of wrangling to get it there. I'm glad that I finally have a (very, very) basic understanding of chess, but it is not the game for me. It is so slow! Gus likes to talk through all his possible moves and the various possible consequences of those moves while I slowly lose my mind. I like to make rash and dramatic moves and see what happens. Losing pieces is mostly what happens, but on the bright side it speeds the game up and makes Gus happy.
I'm going to keep reading the chess books we got from the library and see if I can learn some fancy moves or patience. And I'll keep playing with Gus since he keeps asking me to play, but I think a good chess computer/video/handheld game is going on MY wishlist for Gus' birthday present!