A bowling boom is gaining momentum in Moscow, inspired by Cohen's movie "Big Lebovsky." The game, once dismissed as boring, has become a very real craze and "let's go roll balls" is becoming increasingly popular in the city. Cohen's movie character, Chuvak, has become a legendary hero beloved and cherished by Moscow's bohemians, movie fans and of course - bowling fans. Chuvak is praised for his remarkable ability to withstand the ups and downs of life, and he owes this strength, to a considerable extent, to a wonderful game called bowling.
Here's how to play
You throw a ball to hit ten pins located at a distance of 18.228 meters. The aim is to knock over as many as possible. A "game-round" includes ten frames and each frame consists of two bowls. If you manage to knock all the pins down in the first attempt you score a "strike," and if it takes you two attempts you score a "spare."
If you score a "strike" you get 10 points in addition to the total number of pins knocked over in two subsequent attempts. For a "spare" you get 10 points plus the quantity of pins. In a "game-round", you can score a maximum of 300 points. Then again, if you miss ("split") or step over the throwing line ("fall") you get no points at all... so, don't "split" or "fall" if you want to win!
In reality, the game is not that simple. Just imagine; a ball weighs 5 or 6 kilograms and with it you have to hit tiny pins at an 18-meter distance. And you have to do this not just once, but many times in succession.
To see whether the game is for you, you need to give it a try. We have to warn you in advance though, bowling is very addictive. It is easier to give up smoking than it is to give up bowling. If you have gotten addicted, we can only recommend you buy some equipment - balls, gloves and shoes for bowling. And if it is your first game, you need only decide where to go to quench your thirst.