I don't have much to add but a story. I've played chess here or there. Not particularity well, but I can play okay against another novice.
One day in college, there was this guy I knew. He was playing chess. I joked that I could beat him if he only played with the king. He laughed, said give me a rook, the queen and one pawn and you're on. So I had all my pieces to start, he had three.