Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pestaño: Different definitions of chess

Thursday, November 8, 2012

CHESS is more than just a game. Different people look at it from different points of view.
Peterson Sia, who has an extensive collection of chess books, lent me the Complete Chess Addict by Mike Fox and Richard James where there is a collection of various definitions of the game of chess by its adherents, mostly grandmasters and famous people. Here they are. Also take note of the definition by Chessmoso at the end.
Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something clever--George Bernard Shaw.
Chess is not a game but a disease-Henry Campbell. Bannerman.
Chess is the art of analysis. Mikhail Botvinnik.
Chess is a beautiful mistress. Bent Larsen.
Chess is a fighting game which is purely intellectual and excludes chance. Richard Reti.
Chess is everything--art,science and sport. Anatoly Karpov.
Chess is one of the sins of pride--John Bromyard.
Chess is life. Bobby Fischer.
Chess is undoubtedly the same sort of art as painting or sculpture. Jose Raul Capablanca.
Chess is beautiful enough to waste your life for. Hans Ree.
Chess is a fine entertainment. Leo Tolstoy.
Chess is not merely an idle amusement……life is a kind of chess. Ben Franklin.
Chess is the game which reflects most honour on human wit. Voltaire.
Chess is sport-a violet sport. Marcel Duchamp.
Chess is the touchstone of the intellect. John Wolfgang von Goethe.
Chess is not for the timid soul. Wilhelm Steinitz.
Chess is an international language. Edward Lasker.
Chess is work. Walter Browne.
Chess is a fairy Tale of 1001 blunders. Savielly Tartakower.
Chess is the most exciting game in the world. Irving Chernev.
Chess is a test of wills. Paul Keres.
Chess is life in miniature. Chess is struggle. Chess is battles. Gary Kasparov.
Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe. Indian proverb.
Chess is the struggle against error. Johannes Zukertort.
Chess is a contest between two men in which there is considerable ego involved. Reuben Fine.
Chess is too difficult to be a game and not serious enough to be a science or art.
Chess is as much a mystery as women. Cecil Purdy.
Chess is one of the noblest inventions of the human mind. Cyril Joad.
Chess is a form of intellectual productiveness. Siegbert Tarrasch.
Chess is not a science. Henri Poincare.
Chess is not only knowledge and logic. Alexander Alekhine.
Chess is a cure for headaches. John Maynard Keynes.
Chess is the fairest of all the games.
Chess is an addiction that has sometimes destroyed marriages ,friendship and one’s usefulness—Chessmoso, by observation after more than 50 years of being involved in the game.
1st Stallion Open. Fernando Villanueva is inviting all players to an NCFP-rated tournament on Nov. 10-11 in celebration of the Pasil fiesta along Conception St. Contest starts at 1pm.
Format is 7 rounds Swiss with a time control of 30 minutes. Champion will pocket P5,000 while the second and third placers will earn P3,000 and P2,000, respectively.
The fourth to 10th placers will settle for P300 each. There will be special prizes for the top lady and kiddie players.
This competition is organized by NM Rogelio Enriquez, Gino Cabansay and Jun “Amo”Gracia. For more details contact arbiter Marvin Ruelan-09267352951.
(,www.chessmoso.blogspot .com)

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