Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Musical Chess - Bob Dylan Interviewed By Bono (U2) 1984


Bob Dylan, Real Live Album (1984):

Bob Dylan was interviewed by Bono Vox (U2) at Slane Castle, near Dublin (8 July 1984)
Printed in "Hot Press" Volume 8, Number 16, Friday August 24, 1984. ; transcribed in "Talking Bob Dylan 1984" by Gavin Diddle (reference).
During the interview the discussion turns to chess. Here is the excerpt from the interview regarding the chess conversation. [the full interview is found at this link]

Bono: Chess, do you play chess?

Dylan: Yeah, I play chess. Are you a chess player?

Bono: I am a chess player.

Dylan: I'm not that good actually.

Bono: I'll challenge you to a game of chess.

Dylan: I don't have it right now actually, I just don't have one on me, but the next time you see me!

Bono: Oh, you can get these little ones you know, that you can carry around.

Dylan: Yeah, I take them on tour all the time, but nobody in the band will play me.

Bono: Really?

Dylan: Yeah, they say it's an ego trip. They say I want to win, I don't want to win, I just like to play.

Bono: When you put out a record that causes trouble - is it part of an overall plan, or do you just do it?

Dylan: No, I don't ever put out a record to cause trouble - if it causes trouble, it causes trouble, that's apart from me. If it causes trouble, that's other people's problem. It's not my problem. I'm just not going to put out a record that I just feel - you know, if I feel like I'm inspired to make a statement, I'll make that statement. But what happens after I do it, I don't care about that.

Bono: What's your opening game?

Dylan: My opening game, you mean king's pawn up two - and all that? I don't know.

Bono: You just takes it as it comes.

Dylan: Yeah. I don't really play that seriously.

Bono: Well, I thought I did until I played Adam's brother Sebastian - he was only about 13 years old and he beat me!

Dylan: Somebody may have a chess game here.

Bono: I'd love to play.

searching for a chess board ... enter Van Morrison

Many sites list Bono and Bob Dylan as chess players, but it is still nice to see it confirmed in a real conversation.

Related Posts:
Bob Dylan Talks Chess And East Orange New Jersey
Musical Chess - Bob Dylan - Only A Pawn In Their Game

Tags: 1984 - Bob Dylan - Bono - Bono Vox - Chess - Chess Player - Conversation - Dublin - Hot Press - Real Live Album - Slane Castle - U2
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Chess Quote - Che Guevara (as told by Ludek Pachman)


Che Guevara Playing Chess:

"You know, comrade Pachman, I don't enjoy being a Minister, I would rather play chess like you, or make a revolution in Venezuela."

Che Guevara, quoted by Ludek Pachman in:
Checkmate in Prague: Memoirs of Ludek Pachman
London, Faber and Faber. 1975

Tags: Che Guevara - Ludek Pchman - Minister - Prague - Revolution - Venezuela
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Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Chess Quote - Soren Kierkegaard, Chess and Existentialism


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Danish philosopher and theologian

"I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved." --Soren Kierkegaard

Tags: Chess - Danish - Kierkegaard - Soren Kierkegaard
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Monday, 24 November 2008

Political Chess - Barack Obama (Chess) vrs Hillary Clinton (Checkers)

A clever cartoon of political game playing:
Barack Obama's chess vrs Hillary Clinton's checkers
By Daryl Cagle - MSNBC.com Posted 2/24/2008
The cartoon is available for viewing and purchase * here *

Related Posts:
Political Chess - Obama Chess Metaphor Update
Political Chess - Obama's Chess Presidency - Strategy Over Tactics

Tags: Barack Obama - Cartoon - Checkers - Chess - Daryl Cagle - Hillary Clinton - Politics
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Saturday, 22 November 2008

Playing Chess May Benefit Schizophrenia Patients


THE MANY FACES OF SCHIZOPHRENIA (Article link from www.thevarsity.ca)
(Clockwise from top left):
* Mathmetician John Nash
* Author Jack Kerouac
* Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green
* Musician Syd Barrett

Some welcome good news regarding mental illness and the benefits of playing chess.
A previous posting here of the quote attributed to Bill Hartston comes to mind.
By Mark Cowen
14 November 2008
J Affect Disord 2008: Advance online publication

MedWire News: Playing chess can help schizophrenia patients improve some of their mental abilities, results of a French study suggest.

Writing in the journal Schizophrenia Research, Dr Caroline Demily, from the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience in Bron, and colleagues explain: “Chess is a classic board game that relies on simple rules and complex cognitive [mental] strategies.”

To investigate whether playing chess can help improve the attention, planning and reasoning abilities, called executive function, of patients with schizophrenia, the researchers studied 26 patients with the disorder aged an average of 37 years.

Half the participants were assigned to participate in a chess-playing group while the others were not.
Patients assigned to play chess received a short introduction to the main rules of the game and played against each other twice a week in hourly sessions for 5 weeks under the supervision of an experienced player.

All the participants underwent mental ability tests before and after the 5-week period and continued to take their prescribed antipsychotic medications over the course of the study.

At the end of the study period, the researchers found that patients in the chess group showed greater improvements in their attention, planning and reasoning abilities than those in the other group.

“When considered together, our results suggest that playing chess for a mere 10 hours can restore (at least partially) executive functions of patients with schizophrenia,” Dr Demily and team conclude.They add: “It may be interesting to note that chess can be proposed easily – at almost no cost – to all psychotic patients. Most of the patients kept playing chess on their own, after completion of the study.”
[MedWire News Link]
Related Posts:
ALCHEssMIST: Scholastic Chess, Reasoning and Training Executive Function
ALCHEssMIST: Chess Research - Language Impairment and Visual Immediate Memory in Children

Tags: Caroline Demily - Chess - Jack Kerouac - John Nash - Mental Illness - Peter Green - Reasoning - Schizophrenia - Syd Barrett
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Practical Application Of Cognitive Neuroscience - Succeeding In Competitions


Ogi Ogas puzzles over the $1 million question.
[Who Wants to Be a Cognitive Neuroscientist Millionaire?]
[Courtesy of Valleycrest Productions.]

This article in Seed Magazine by Ogi Ogas, describes how he used cognitive neuroscience techniques to win $500,000 (it could have been $1,000,000) on the American version of the television quiz show "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?" Ogas, at the time of this article, was in his final year of the Cognitive Neuroscience Ph.D. program at Boston University. He describes the 3 cognitive techniques of (1) priming, (2) intuition and (3) theory of the mind, which helped him reach the $1,000,000 question. Below are lifted excerpts from the article illustrating the 3 techniques. It is well worthwhile reading the whole article [Who Wants to Be a Cognitive Neuroscientist Millionaire?].

Priming:
"The priming of a memory occurs because of the peculiar "connectionist" neural dynamics of our cortex, where memories are distributed across many regions and neurons. If we can recall any fragment of a pattern, our brains tend to automatically fill in the rest."

Intuition:
"Cognitive models developed by my advisor Gail Carpenter suggest that a more effective way to evaluate an intuition is to consider its mnemonic associations. If you can mentally trace some of the cognitive links of an intuition (through a process similar to priming), these links may suggest whether the intuition is meaningfully connected to the correct answer or whether the link is trivial, incidental, or wrong. For example, given the question "Bucharest is the capital of what European country?", you might have an intuition that the answer is Hungary, because the actual capital of Hungary—Budapest—sounds like "Bucharest" and is thus unconsciously linked. In this case, naively following your unexamined intuition would lead you away from the correct response: Romania."

Theory of mind:
"... I considered another cognitive capacity explored in my department: theory of mind, the ability to imagine other people's perspectives. I contemplated the show's writers themselves, imagining them sitting at their keyboards composing three fake but credible answers. "Stuffy head" struck me as resembling the kind of manufactured distraction I might come up with."

The techniques discussed here have wide application, including competitive games.

Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience - Gail Carpenter - Intuition - Ogi Ogas - Priming - Theory Of Mind
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Friday, 21 November 2008

Robert Pirsig on Philosophy and Chess



Robert Pirsig & Son Chris On Motocycle:

Robert M. Pirsig is an American philosopher and author of the book - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (1974). Tragically, Robert Pirsig's son Chris was stabbed to death during a mugging in 1979. Chris travelled with his father on motorcycle through the American Wilds and hence played an important role in the story told in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". I strongly recommend you read this book and the follow-on title - Lila: An Inquiry into Morals (1991).

Robert Pirsig will always remain a great hero of mine. In this article entitled "A brief summary of the Metaphysics of Quality" (October 2005), Pirsig briefly discusses the similarities between philosophy and chess.
"There are similarities to chess. Both are highly intellectual pursuits in which one tries to manipulate symbols within a set of rules to improve a given situation. In chess one can benefit greatly by studying the games of the masters. In philosophy one can also benefit greatly by studying the writings of the great philosophers. But the important point here is that studying chess masters is not chess itself and studying philosophy masters is not philosophy itself.

The real chess is the game you play with your neighbor. Real chess is 'muddling through.' Real chess is the triumph of mental organization over complex experience. And so is real philosophy."
Tags: Chess - Chris Pirsig - Metaphysics of Quality - Motorcycle - Philosopher - Philosophy - Real - Robert Pirsig - Zen
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Political Chess - United Kingdom - Westminster Parliament Regulations



Houses of Parliament, Westminster (Big Ben on right):

Up until 1987 the only game allowed in the UK Houses of Parliament, Westminster (London), was chess. (source)

Tags: Big Ben - Chess - London - Parliament - Westminster
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Thursday, 20 November 2008

Political Chess - Alekhine vrs Trotsky - Apocryphal Account



Trotsky, Lenin and Kamenev - Party-Congress (1919):

Leon Trotsky, born Lev Davidovich Bronstein, was a Bolshevik and Marxist theorist. He was also one of the leaders of the Russian October Revolution (1917), second only to Lenin in importance . Trotsky was the founder and commander of the Red Army. He fell out of favour with Joseph Stalin in the 1920s and was expelled from the Communist Party, as well as deported from the then Soviet Union. He moved to Mexico where he was subsequently assassinated. In chess circles, Trotsky is also known for being the second cousin of David Bronstein (the famous Russian Chess Grandmaster).

There have been many discussions, on various chess sites, about the mythical account of Alekhine's life being spared by Trotsky (following a game of chess). Although the story is very likely apocryphal, this is the first written account I have read of this alleged meeting between Alekhine and Trotsky. It was published in the magazine Sacremento Chess News (July 15th, 1951) and probably came originally from a recent (at the time) newspaper article.
THE GAME THAT SAVED MY LIFE:
Alexander Alekhine, the world's chess champion, before his death was asked by friends what was the most exciting and dangerous chess game of his life. This story was his answer!


As A Captain in the Czarist army and a member of a noble family, I was placed under arrest shortly after the Bolsheviks came into power. In the depths of despair, I was sitting in an Odessa prison and pondering my fate when the door was flung open and four members of the political police entered the cell. A fifth man entered and I recognised him immediately from his photographs. It was Leon Trotsky, I was certain my time had come. "Captain Alekhine," said one of the police, "Comrade Trotsky wants to play a game of chess with you." With that he placed an elaborate chessboard and set of men on the small table. I had heard of Trotsky's chess fanaticism and it was obvious that reports of my ability had reached him.

Trotsky sat down without a word, to begin the most interesting and dangerous game I ever played.

For I was faced with a titanic problem. I was convinced that on the outcome of the contest would depend my life. But - did Trotsky so badly want to beat me that he would allow me to live if I lost? Or did he feel that a person gifted sufficiently to conquer him at the board should be entitled to life?


I looked into Trotsky's face for a possible clue. It wore an intense expression, but beyond that gave me no indication. The police were impassive. Trotsky made the first move, a conventional opening. I decided to play a non-decisive, week for the nonce, waiting for him to show his hand. He played well, but not brilliantly.


After some fencing, I decided to cast the die. I would play my best and beat him as quickly as I could. It did not take long. Slowly Trotsky rose from the table, "I lose," was all he said. He made a peculiar gesture, a sort of wave of the hand, then walked quickly from the cell. The next day I was declared a free man, and given permission to leave Russia if I desired. The paper was signed by Trotsky. Attached was a personal note in which the powerful revolutionary said he had enjoyed our chess game very much.


That game of chess gave me my life. I went to France to continue medical studies but decided to devote the rest of my life to the game. -- As told to Albert A. Brandt.


From - Sacramento Chess News (July 15th, 1951)
I find it interesting that this story is attributed to a little known writer, Albert A. Brandt. I will try to post again, at a later time, on who was Albert A. Brandt.

Tags: Albert A. Brandt - Alekhine - Bronstein - David Bronstein - Kamenev - Lenin - Leon Trotsky - October Revolution - Sacramento - Trotsky
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Sunday, 16 November 2008

Terra Firma Chess - Harvard Square (USA) - Chess Tables, Cambridge MA


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Web Photos of Chess at Harvard Square:
Tags: Chess - Chess Tables - Harvard Square - Massachusetts - USA
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Terra Firma Chess - Iceland - Reykjavik, Giant Chess Board



Giant Chess Board in Reykjavik, Iceland (by gifthorse)

Google Maps Link

Tags: Giant Chess Set - Iceland - Reykjavik
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Terra Firma Chess - Italy - Piazza Castello, Marostica, Giant Chess Board


Giant Chess Board Piazza Castello, Marostica (Italy):



Giant Chess Board Piazza Castello, Marostica (Italy):

Google Maps view of chess board

Marostica is a town in the province of Vicenza, northern Italy. It is famous for its living chess events showcased every other year (in the second week of September). The tradition dates back to 1923 and was apparently inspired by a supposed event in 1454. (Wikipedia)

Tags: Giant Chess Board - Italy - Living Chess - Marostica - Vicenza
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Saturday, 15 November 2008

Terra Firma Chess - Tasmania - Giant Chess Set, Franklin Square, Hobart

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Giant Chess Set, Franklin Square, Hobart, Tasmania (Australia):
(Photo monez102)

Google Maps location of chess set - seen in bottom right section of Franklin Square.

Franklin Square was named after Sir John Franklin. He was a polar explorer, and also Governor of Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) from 1837 - 1843. He perished whilst trying to chart and navigate the North-West Passage.

Tags: Franklin Square - Giant Chess Set - Hobart - Tasmania
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Terra Firma Chess - Tasmania - Giant Chess Set, Salamanca Place, Hobart

chess in hobart, tas (i wish i could say the girls won)

Giant Chess Set in Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania (Australia):
(Photo by elenakangaroo)

Google maps satellite photo of chess set location - unfortunately obscurred by overlying trees.

Salamanca Place & market (see Wikipedia entry) was named after the victory in 1812 of the Duke of Wellington in the Battle of Salamanca (in Spanish province of Salamanca).

Tags: Duke of Wellington - Giant Chess Set - Hobart - Salamanca Place - Tasmania
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Terra Firma Chess - Austria - Salzburg Giant Chess Set

144 Salzburg - Large Town Chess Set
Winter - Giant Chess Set in Salzburg, Austria:

Chess in front of the Salzburg Castle

Summer - Giant Chess Set in Salzburg, Austria:

Salzburg is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and also the setting for parts of "The Sound of Music" (film). The fortress in the background is Festung Hohensalzburg, built in 1077, and one of the largest castles in Europe.

Tags: Festung Hohensalzburg - Giant Chess Set - Salzburg - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - The Sound Of Music
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Terra Firma Chess - Greece - Paleo Faliro, Athens

Big chess board in Paleo Faliro, Athens

Giant chess board in Paleo Faliro, Athens

Paleo Faliro is the nearest beach area for Athens. The Myrtoan Sea (part of Mediterranean) is in the background.

Tags: Athens - Chess - Giant Chess Set - Mediterranean - Myrtoan Sea - Paleo Faliro
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Friday, 14 November 2008

Chess Quote - Paul Morphy On Checkers



"Checkers is for tramps."
Paul Morphy (1837 - 1884)

This quote has been examined by Edward Winter in Unsolved Chess Mysteries (26) on Chessbase.

Quoted from page 14 of R.D. Yates Checker Player by W.T. Call (New York, 1905):

‘Paul Morphy, the chess genius, sought to obtain a glimpse into the scientific depths of checkers without too much trouble, but never succeeded in getting within sight of anything under the surface of the game. When he went to England he asked Thomas Lear, who played both checkers and chess, to explain to him “wherein the beauty of draughts playing lay”. On another occasion, half in jest, half in earnest, the great chess master said to a New York player, “Checkers is for tramps”.’

Winter comments that the purported remark by Morphy still needs substantiation.

Tags: Beauty - Checkers - Chess - Edward Winter - Paul Morphy - Thomas Lear - Tramps
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Thursday, 13 November 2008

Terra Firma Chess - New York City, USA - Washington Square Park

Washington Park Chess Players

Washington Square Park Chess Tables, Manhattan:

These are the famous outdoor chess tables on the southwest corner of Washington Square Park, Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village. With the presence of a number of chess shops in the near vicinity the area is also known as the Manhattan "chess district". The location was used in the film "Searching for Bobby Fischer" (1993), based on the book by the same name, about Josh Waitzkin.

There have been many famous chess players, and celebrities, who have ventured to Washington Square park. For example, this link shows GM Hikaru Nakamura looking for a game.

Tags: Chess - Chess Tables - Josh Waitzkin - Manhattan - Washington Square Park
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Terra Firma Chess - Australia - Giant Outdoor Chess Set - Hyde Park, Sydney

giant chess

Giant Outdoor Chess Set - Hyde Park - Sydney - Australia May 2005
[By pure_photo_24]

Tags: Australia - Giant Chess Set - Hyde Park - Sydney
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Celebrity Chess - Diego Maradona and the Grandmaster Draw Against Anatoly Karpov.

Football legend Diego Maradonna agrees a grandmaster draw against ex-world champion Anatoly Karpov on a live television program from Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2005.



Diego Maradona vs Anatoly Karpov (Blindfold) - "living chess" game.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.Nc3 - draw.

In the video Anatoly Karpov (wearing a blindfold) plays black against Diego Maradona using a "living" chess set. Following the game Karpov presents a chess set to Maradona where the chess piece bases are shaped like footballs. They then both sign a wooden chess board. Finally, Maradona presents Karpov with a signed football.

The Karpov visit was also reported by Chessbase.

Tags: Anatoly Karpov - Blindfold Chess - Diego Maradona - Living Chess Game
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Musical Chess - Bob Dylan - Only A Pawn In Their Game



Only A Pawn In Their Game (Lyrics Bob Dylan):

A bullet from the back of a bush took Medgar Evers' blood.
A finger fired the trigger to his name.
A handle hid out in the dark
A hand set the spark
Two eyes took the aim
Behind a man's brain
But he can't be blamed
He's only a pawn in their game.

A South politician preaches to the poor white man,
"You got more than the blacks, don't complain.
You're better than them, you been born with white skin," they explain.
And the Negro's name
Is used it is plain
For the politician's gain
As he rises to fame
And the poor white remains
On the caboose of the train
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.

The deputy sheriffs, the soldiers, the governors get paid,
And the marshals and cops get the same,
But the poor white man's used in the hands of them all like a tool.
He's taught in his school
From the start by the rule
That the laws are with him
To protect his white skin
To keep up his hate
So he never thinks straight
'Bout the shape that he's in
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.

From the poverty shacks, he looks from the cracks to the tracks,
And the hoof beats pound in his brain.
And he's taught how to walk in a pack
Shoot in the back
With his fist in a clinch
To hang and to lynch
To hide 'neath the hood
To kill with no pain
Like a dog on a chain
He ain't got no name
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.

Today, Medgar Evers was buried from the bullet he caught.
They lowered him down as a king.
But when the shadowy sun sets on the one
That fired the gun
He'll see by his grave
On the stone that remains
Carved next to his name
His epitaph plain:
Only a pawn in their game.



Performance by Bob Dylan of "Only A Pawn In Their Game", Newport 1964

Related Posts:
Musical Chess - Bob Dylan Interviewed By Bono (U2) 1984
Bob Dylan Talks Chess And East Orange New Jersey

Tags: Bob Dylan - Musical Chess - Only A Pawn - Pawn
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Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Literary Chess - Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll



Following on from my previous post, here (from Chess Graphics site) are the classic chess illustrations from Through the Looking Glass (Lewis Carroll). They were drawn by Sir John Tenniel (Wikipedia); with further illustrations also available on this named site.

Tags: John Tenniel - Lewis Carroll - Literary Chess - Through The Looking Glass
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Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Musical Chess - Grace Slick and White Rabbit


Grace Slick (left) and Janis Joplin (1967):

Grace Slick is alleged to have written the song "White Rabbit" in one hour. The song was released on Jefferson Airplane's album Surrealistic Pillow (1967). Grace's song lyrics suggest the similarities between the effects of hallucinogenic drugs (ie LSD and Magic Mushrooms) and the imagery in the works of Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865; Through the Looking-Glass, 1871).

From a chess perspective, the song mentions chess in the third verse. Also, the entire group in Jefferson Airplane, including Grace Slick, are reported to be chess players (one link of many).

Youtube video links to the song:
Grace Slick & Jeffersen Airplane Performing "White Rabbit" At Woodstock (Saturday, August 16, 1969) (1969)
Alice In Wonderland cartoon version of "White Rabbit" in case you need further convincing.

White Rabbit (Grace Slick) Lyrics:

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Recall Alice
When she was just small

When men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's "off with her head!"
Remember what the dormouse said:
Feed your head

Tags: Grace Slick - Janis Joplin - Jefferson Airplane - Lewis Carroll - LSD - Magic Mushrooms - Musical Chess - White Rabbit
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Mnemonic Chess - Kings Play Chess On Friday, Generally Speaking

Want to remember the hierarchical classification of animals?
This is an old but useful mnemonic:

Kings - Kingdom
Play - Phylum
Chess - Class
On - Order
Friday - Family
Generally - Genus
Speaking - Species

A D-word may be placed at the front for - Domain (empire/super-kingdom) - ie Do/Did/Darn.
A V-word may be placed at the end for - Variety - ie Verily/Vicariously/Vanquished/Vaguely.

Other examples on the same theme include:

  • Darn Kids Picking Cacti On Fridays Get Stuck
  • Did Karen's Pups Chew On Furry Grey Squirrels?
  • Did Karl Push Cliff Over Football Grand Stand?
  • Did King Peter Came Over From Geneva Switzerland?
  • Did King Peter Come Over From Germany Saturday?
  • Did King Phillip Come Over From Germany Stoned?
  • Did King Phillip Come Over For Good Spaghetti?
  • Did King Phillip Come Over For Great Sex?
  • Did King Phillip Court Ophelia For Good Sex?
  • Did King Phillip Cry, "Oh, For Goodness Sake!"?
  • Do Keep Papers Coming Or Fail Gardner's Science.
  • Do Keep Peeling Cold Onions For Good Smells
  • Do Keep Playing Chess Or Face Getting Schizophrenia
  • Do Keep Police Cars Off Florida's Great Streets.
  • Do Keep Privates Clean Or Forget Getting Sex
  • Do Keep Putting Cheese On Five Green Spoons
  • Do Keep Putting Coal On the Fire Grate Slowly
  • Do Kindly Produce Credit Or Furnish Good Security
  • Do Kings Play Chess On Fat Girl's Stomach
  • Do Kings Play Chess On Fine Grained Sand
  • Do Kiss Pigs Carefully Or Face Grimy Smiles
  • Kangaroos Pounce Clear Over Fences, Generally Swiftly.
  • Kangaroos Play Cards On Fridays — Go See!
  • Kangaroos Play Cellos; Orangutans Fiddle; Gorillas Sing.
  • Karen's Pups Chew On Furry Grey Squirrels.
  • Karl Penetrates Canines On Funky Green Spacehoppers.
  • Katey Please Come Over For Ginger Snaps.
  • Keep Papers Coming Or Fail Gardner's Science.
  • Keep Peeling Cold Onions For Good Smells.
  • Keep Playing Chess Or Face Getting Schizophrenia
  • Keep Pots Clean Or Family Get Sick.
  • Keep Pots Clean or Family Gets Sick.
  • Keep Papers Coming Or Flunk General Science.
  • Keep Paying Casey Off For Gun Sales.
  • Keep Police Cars Off Florida's Great Streets.
  • Keep Pouring Coffee On Frank's Green Slacks.
  • Keep Privates Clean Or Forget Getting Sex.
  • Keep Putting Cheese On Five Green Spoons.
  • Keep Putting Chemistry Off For Greater Subjects.
  • Keep Putting Coal On the Fire Grate Slowly.
  • Kelly Pets Chinese Orphans for Glazed Sofas.
  • Ken Poured Coffee On Fran's Good Shirt.
  • Kids Picking Cacti On Friday's Get Stuck.
  • Kids Playing Catch On Freeways Go Splat.
  • Kids Playing Chicken On Freeways Get Smashed.
  • Kids Playing Chicken On Freeways Get Squished.
  • Kids Prefer Candy Over Fresh Green Spinach
  • Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach.
  • Kids Put Cats On Flaming Gas Stoves.
  • Kind Phillip Came Over For Grape Soda.
  • Kindly Place Cover On Fresh Green Spring Vegetables.
  • Kindly Produce Credit Or Furnish Good Security.
  • King Paul Came Over From Greece Suddenly.
  • King Paul Came Over For Ginger Soda.
  • King Paul Cried Out for Good Soup
  • King Penguins Copulate Often For Greater Satisfaction.
  • King Phil Cleans Octopi For Gene Simmons.
  • King Phillip Called Out For Good Soup.
  • King Phillip Called Out For Gumbo Soup.
  • King Phillip Came Over For Good Soup.
  • King Phillip Came Over For Good Spaghetti.
  • King Phillip Came Over For Ginger Soda.
  • King Phillip Came Over For Grape Soda.
  • King Phillip Came Over From Germany Stoned.
  • King Phillip Came Over From Great Spain.
  • King Phillip Can Only Farm Green Spinach.
  • King Phillip Cares Only For Golden Scepters.
  • King Phillip Choked On Four Gob Stoppers.
  • King Philip Clearly Organizes Familiar Genetic Specimens.
  • King Phillip Cleverly Ordered Five Giant Snails.
  • King Philip Come Out For Goodness Sake.
  • King Philip, Come Out For Goodness’ Sake!
  • King Philip Could Only Find Green Socks.
  • King Philip Couldn't Order Five Good Sandwiches.
  • King Phillip Crossed Over France Going South.
  • King Phillip Cuts Open Five Green Snakes.
  • King Phillip's Court Ordered Fifty Green Spiders.
  • King Plute Came Out From Giant School.
  • Kings Play Cards On Fairly Good Soft Velvet.
  • Kings Play Cards On Fat Green Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess Often For Great Sport.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fairly Good Soft Velvet.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fairly Green Spaces.
  • Kings Play Chess On Falling Glass Stairs.
  • Kings Play Chess On Famed Game Sets.
  • Kings Play Chess On Family Game Shows.
  • Kings Play Chess On Family Grave Stones.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fancy Glass Seats.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fancy Glass Squares.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fancy Glass Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fancy Gold Squares.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fancy Gold Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fat Girls' Stomachs.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fat Girls Stomachs.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fat Gorillas’ Stomachs.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fat Green Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fat Guys Stomachs
  • Kings Play Chess On Fiberglass Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Glass Sets.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Glass Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Glass Surfaces.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Gold Sets.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Gold Squares.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Grain Sand.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Grained Sand.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Sand.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Satin.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Silk.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Slate.
  • Kings Play Chess On Finely Grained Sand.
  • Kings Play Chess On Finely Ground Sand.
  • Kings Play Chess On Flat Glass Sheets.
  • Kings Play Chess On Flat Glass Surfaces.
  • Kings Play Chess On Flat Glass Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fluffy Green Sheets.
  • Kings Play Chess On Folding Glass Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Four Glass Squares.
  • Kings Play Chess On Friday Getting Stoned.
  • Kings Play Chess On Friday Grinning Slyly.
  • Kings play Chess On Fridays, Guzzling Schlitz
  • Kings Play Chess On Frosted Glass Surfaces.
  • Kings Play Chess On Funny Green Squares.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fuzzy Green Stools.
  • Kirk Played Cavalry On Fred's Good Sofa.
  • Kiss Pigs Carefully Or Face Grimy Smiles.
  • Kittens Prefer Cars On Freeways (to) Getting Splattered.
  • Kitty Put Catnip On Fido's Ground Steak.
  • Knights Play Chess On Fat Glass Stools.
  • Koko Paints Canvases Orange For Ginger Snaps.
  • Kraft Parmesan Cheese On Fingers Gets Sticky.
  • Krakatoa Positively Casts Off Fumes Generating Sulphurous Vapours.
  • Kryptonite Promotes Casualty Overwhelmingly For Godlike Superman
Tags: Chess - Kings Play Chess - KPCOFGS - Mnemonic
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Terra Firma Chess - Stewart Island, New Zealand



Giant chess set from Stewart Island, New Zealand. The island is also known by the maori name Rakiura. The first European to sight the island was Captain James Cook in 1770, though he thought it was part of the South Island and so named it South Cape. The Aurora Australis (southern lights) is also particularly visible from this island because of a geo-magnetic anomaly.
Photograph by kalavinka on flickr.

Tags: 1770 - Aurora Australia - Captain James Cook - Giant Chess Set - New Zealand
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Monday, 10 November 2008

Hans Berliner – Reviewing The Go Versus Chess Quote:

“What's happening with chess is that it's gradually losing its place as the par excellence of intellectual activity. Smart people in search of a challenging board game might try a game called Go. -- former World Correspondence Chess Champion Hans Berliner, The New York Times, Feb 6, 2003

Quoted on the following sites:
www.usgo.org/teach/quotes.html
senseis.xmp.net/?CompareGoToChess
senseis.xmp.net/?GreatQuote
www.msgo.org/

As with any quote it is always worthwhile examining the original source:

New York Times - February 6, 2003
Queen, Captured by Mouse; More Chess Players Use Computers for Edge
By AMY HARMON

The first surprise to me is that the NYT article was written by Amy Harmon rather than Hans Berliner. Below is the context relevant section of the article (I recommend you read the full text ...link).
More to the point, some chess experts say, computers have taken some of the fun out of the game, designated the ''touchstone of the intellect'' by Goethe and seen by Benjamin Franklin as a metaphor for life.

While chess is still one of the few games where physical prowess and chance play no role (except in choosing who goes first), players can no longer rely solely on their singular intellects to succeed. They must also be much more adept at memorization and manipulating information.

''What's happening with chess is it's gradually losing its place as the par excellence intellectual activity,'' said Hans Berliner, a former world correspondence chess champion and professor emeritus of computer science at Carnegie Mellon. ''You don't have to be really good anymore to get good results. Chess is winding down.''

Mr. Berliner, whose work on computer chess helped lead to Deep Blue and its descendants, said smart people in search of a challenging board game might try a game called go, which is popular in Asia and played with black stones and white stones. The possible combinations are far greater than those in chess, which come to about 10 to the 40th power.

Because the nature of the game makes it much harder for a computer to calculate its way to success, no computer has come close to beating a human at go, and no human go player would dream of depending on a computer for advice -- at least for the moment.
As fan of both games I do not want to side with either of the two. It is fair to say, however, that Go is under-appreciated in the Western World and Chess is under-appreciated in East Asia.

Related Posts:
ALCHEssMIST - Artificial Intelligence GO-es Monte Carlo

Tags: Benjamin Franklin - Chess - Deep Blue - Go - Goethe - Hans Berliner - NYT
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Science and Chess - Prof Peter Nagy

“Like a chess player, a scientist has to have an initial plan but be flexible when that plan doesn’t work out. Both have to adapt and use situational strategy. And a scientist, like a chess player, ‘wins’ by utilizing his resources well,” (source)
Prof Peter Nagy
Professor in Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky

Tags: Chess Player - Peter Nagy - Plan - Scientist - Strategy
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Terra Firma Chess – Afghanistan – Rook Shaped Minaret in Kabul.



This photo, taken by the late Dr Bill Podlich, shows a rook / castle shaped minaret from Kabul.
Other wonderful pictures of Afghanistan, by Dr Bill Podlich, are found here.

Tags: Afghanistan - Kabul - Minaret - Terra Firma Chess
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Sunday, 9 November 2008

ALCHEssMIST Word Cloud by Wordle



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Poetic Chess - Yevgeny Yevtushenko on Boris Spassky



Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933- ) is a famous Russian poet. He is also possibly the first person to speak out against Stalinism through the vehicle of his poetry (ref). In this article ("A Poet Against The Destroyers" - December 19, 1966) (1966) from Sports Illustrated he discusses a conversation with the then aspiring World Chess Champion Boris Spassky.
I once asked one of the challengers for the world championship, Boris Spassky, "Tell me, don't you sometimes find that as a result of playing chess you have acquired the habit of working out in advance all your moves in life, too? Doesn't that interfere with life's spontaneity?" Spassky thought for a while and answered, "Well, yes, perhaps that does happen. It's true that I am sometimes too calculating in certain situations in life. But life is the sort of opponent who occasionally makes such unexpected moves that no matter how much you want to, you can never think up a reply to it in advance."
I wonder if Boris Spassky now feels his life, 40 plus years later, has produced many "unexpected moves".

Tags: Boris Spassky - Poetic Chess - Stalinism - Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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Chess Quote - Bill Hartston

"Chess is not something that drives people mad; it is something that keeps mad people sane." (source)

IM Bill Hartston (1947- )
Ex-British Chess Champion (1973, 1975)




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Saturday, 8 November 2008

Chess Quote - Albert Einstein


"Chess holds its master in its own bonds, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer."

- Albert Einstein (18791955)







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Comic Chess - Chess For Witches (by Caroline Parkinson)


Chess For Witches
This a cartoon about a game of online chess,
featuring a female protagonist, by artist Caroline Parkinson. It is currently being shown (here) as a webcomic on Factor Fiction (the online home of the girly comic).

Tags: Caroline Parkinson - Chess - Comic - Witch
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Musical Chess - Chess - Rivers Cuomo Cover

This is a youtube cover of the Rivers Cuomo (band member of Weezer) song - Chess.



Chess by Rivers Cuomo (Lyrics):
chess is such a difficult game
there are so many pieces
so many squares where you can go
so few promises
never you mind all the others
anticipating your next move
i know it's hard cause you got a lot to do
street signs and traffic lights ever confusing me it's you
stop left, go right, no U-turn, where's the goddamn exit
never you mind all the others
influencing your next move
i know it's hard cause you got a lot to prove
lalalalalalala~
sex and drugs and rock n' roll
pieces are rocking for you
this puzzle can't be done wrong
so cover 'em while you can
never you mind all the others
aniticipating your next move
never you mind all the others
never you mind what they do
don't let them get you down cause it's there too
you'll be trapped forever under their shoe
here is the paper so go
i know it's hard cause you got a lot to do
fa la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la~

Tags: Chess - Musical Chess - Rivers Cuomo - Weezer
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Karpov, Anand & Computers



Karpov has recently made comments about Anand's current playing style being more computer-like (allegedly). This has been discussed at the excellent chessblog by Susan Polgar (and specific article link). The most useful comment for me was that by KWRegan which I enclose below.
KWRegan said...

"Judging creativity is hard to do without being subjective. The closest I see how to do objectively is to measure setting problems for one's opponent.

Sullivan's study (comment #4 by alchessimist) includes a measure of "complexity", and scales the raw deviations from Rybka+Crafty's best move down in complex positions. I have been developing a more-detailed model that (when finally tuned) will compute expected deviations for both the featured players and their opponents. The higher the latter, the more problems set for the opponent. My model requires taking data for (at least) the top ten moves in every position, so my engine---a special private version of Toga II which I know has not been regressed against GM games---needs to run far longer per move to reach depth 18 as in Sullivan's study.

Thus a "dynamic" player with a higher error rate may benefit if he/she also created a higher expected rate for the opponent. It will be interesting to see whether this work restores the likes of Tal and Alekhine (at their peaks) to the parity their over-the-board reputations would suggest. Alternatively, it may reveal that "positional" players are also the cagiest."
I have previously blogged (here) about Sullivan's excellent research (link) and very much look forward to seeing the results of Regan's analysis. The idea of analysing the effects of dynamic play, as measured by problems set for an opponent, is an interesting one. Dynamic play is likely to increase the effect of performance psychology, time pressure, and possibly the Einstellung (set) effect. To me, dynamic play is what makes chess a sport.

Tags: Anand - Computers - Creativity - Karpov - Sullivan
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Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Musical Genius Anthony Braxton on Chess, Math & Music

Anthony Braxton is an American composer, saxophonist, clarinettist, flautist, pianist and philosopher. He may also be the last bona-fide Jazz genius, with a highly idiosyncratic style and originality. In this interview Braxton discusses chess, math and music. Interestingly, he describes about the obsession he had with chess ... "but I had to get away from chess because I couldn't stop, I couldn't go back to life." [See H.G. Wells quote]
Braxton is also notorious for naming his musical pieces as diagrams - example shown in this graphic (Composition No. 65).



Video Concept list:
Affirmation of geometry, Affirmation of proportional logic, Affirmation of target intentionalities, Anthony Braxton, Bach, Bebop, Bobby Fischer, Capablanca, Central logic, Character to a number, Chess, Chess books, Chess clock, Collective improvisation, Composition, Connections, Destinations, Duke Ellington, Great music masters, Harmonic logic, Heroes, Improvisation, Jazz, Make something with it, Math, Mathematician, Mathematics and music, Miles Davis, Mosaic records, Mozart, Music, Music colour, Music shape, Musicians, New York musicians, Nimzovitch, Number, Number is also poetic, Old European masters, One side of the same thing, Paris, Poetic, Poetic logic, Pythagoras, Racial political games, Rhythmic logic, Russia, Russians, Sonic geometry, Studied math, Target proposition, Tuffy-wuffies, Trans-European music, Yugoslavian chessplayers


Links:
Anthony Braxton allmusic.com biography
Anthony Braxton Wikipedia biography

Tags: Anthony Braxton - Chess - Genius - Math - Music
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John McCarthy - Computer Chess, Artificial Intelligence & Drosophila

“Chess is the Drosophila of artificial intelligence. However, computer chess has developed much as genetics might have if the geneticists had concentrated their efforts starting in 1910 on breeding racing Drosophila. We would have some science, but mainly we would have very fast fruit flies.”
John McCarthy (Computer Scientist, currently Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford University)

John McCarthy (1927 -), pictured here with mainframe computer and chess set, was responsible for the coining of the term "Artificial Intelligence" in his 1955 proposal for the 1956 Dartmouth Conference. He also invented the Lisp programming language.

Links:
Prof John McCarthy website (Stanford University)
Dartmouth Conferences (Wikipedia)
Lisp programming language (Wikipedia)
Previous posting on Drosophila and AI


Tags: Artificial Intelligence - Computer Chess - Dartmouth Conference - Drosophila - Genetics - John McCarthy - Lisp Programming - Mainframe Computer -
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