Chess, potpourri and other nonsense
FOR THE PUSSY LOVER AMONGST US…
“Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone – and finding that that’s ok with them.” ― Alain de Botton
SOMETHING SMELLY HERE…
Only three years old and already little Sammy is thinking of a career change!
CHESS IN ADVERTISEMENT (Part IX)
Western Financial Group. Don’t play games with your investments.
INSIGHT INTO JUNIOR CHESS DROPOUT RATE!
Before his first sexual experience, Milton Hervishbolt was considered the top under-15 chess mind in the nation. ” It felt even better than when I beat Ned Tiedelman with a Muzio gambit in the third-level junior masters last fall.” He has vowed never to play the game again. Read more HERE!
CHESS AND POLITICS
TODAY’S SCIENCE OF STUPID
CHESS AND FASHION
CHESS, LOVE AND THE THEATRE
TRUER WORDS WERE NEVER WRITTEN!
CHESS AND THE NUDIST COLONY!
I like the arbiter’s uniform!
THE CLOSE UP!
COMING UP SHORT
Natalia Pogonina and friend getting a tactics lesson from Houdini? I know the feeling…where is the PLUG? (Photo courtesy of Dolmatovsky)
KASPAROV AND CHESS STEREOTYPES IN LITERATURE
For once Kasparov and I are in agreement. These two literary giants were the first to write of chess in a way that is both unfair and vindictive. But to be fair, I think the most damage was done by Hollywood, trying to commercialize on this and introduce yet one more stereotype. Professors are more than often portrayed as ‘absent minded’. Scientists as ‘mad’…chessplyaers as ‘crazy’.
Before I got into chess, I remember seeing on TV Hitchock’s 1935 adaptation of John Bucan’s novel (1915) ‘The 39 Steps’. The man with the amazing memory was supposedly a chessplayer. He was not yet stereotyped in the typical Hollywood wardrobe, and , infact, not even cast as excentric. So I think we can date the Hollywood stereotype as only coming into its own from the 1940’s on.
OFCOURSE, with stories of Paul Morphy’s slip into madness in the 19th century (not to mention Bobby Fischer in our own tme), it will be a LONG, LONG time before the stereotype will change…
(Read more HERE)