In my Monday night game, my PC has played a very successful game of chess. The game uses Storytelling/WoD rules. Game mechanically, we just treated chess as Int+Academics rolls. My die pool in that is 6. Pretty good, but far from awesome.
The thing is, I've rolled it twice for playing chess - and got amazing levels of success (4 or 5 successes) both times. Unfortunately, my die pool won't sustain anywhere near that level of success. I'm tempted to buy an appropriate specialty in order to improve my chess-playing abilities over the long-term.
This got me to thinking.
I've run into similar situations in a number of games, where PCs who aren't mechanically speaking particularly awesome at a task do really well at it the first few times they try it. Do any games have a formal method of solidifying that level of specialized skill? It seems like a no-brainer to me...