Chess- can you ever be cool? Like tea, did you come from India or China? Unlike tea, you came through Persia, like a magic carpet.
I used to go to watch and play in tournaments with my dad, in the days of Karpov and Kasparov. Chess club at school, it was happenin’, man.
Chess is of course a metaphor for life and the way you play may speak volumes about your personality.
There is even Magick chess, invoking our old pal Aleister Crowley again, aka Enochian Chess.
The World Champ now actually does seem cool, Magnus Carlsen.
Did you know you can play Chess on Facebook Messenger?
It is a hidden command.To get started, open up a chat conversation with any friend.
Type @fbchess play to start a game.
The instructions can be pulled up by typing the command @fbchess help.
Moves are entered in the old-school way, with algebraic notation.
Or play it via this ZX Spectrum version, as it is my Speccy obsession phase after all:-
Remember when the guys from Abba made Chess into a musical?
One Night In Bangkok
I Know Him So Well
Let’s go out with a whimper:-
A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. “But why?” they asked, as they moved off. “because,” he said “I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.”