Friday, 5 December 2008

Chess Quote - "... life's too short for chess."



"... life's too short for chess."


Henry James Byron
Our Boys, 1875




This quote comes from a 3 act comedic play entitled Our Boys by English dramatist Henry James Byron (first performed in London, January 1875). The quote is often misattributed to Lord Byron. The excellent Chess Notes website by Edward Winter, as usual, clarifies the historical facts with an image of the important page from the play (article 5304). The context relevant passage of the play is documented below:
CLARISSA has entered, spoken briefly aside to SIR GEOFFREY and is now down beside TALBOT.

CLAR. Talbot, it is so delightful to have you back again. I shall now have such charming evenings with you at chess.

TAL. At what?

CLAR. Chess ----the king of games.

TAL. Do you call it a game? Ha ! Ha ! No, thankee; life's too short for chess.

CLAR. Well, well, we'll say backgammon.

TAL. I don't mind saying backgammon, but you don't catch me playing backgammon.
Winter also, in the same article (5304), reports the interesting fact that Henry James Byron "... invented the pantomime characters of Buttons and Widow Twankay ..."

Tags: Backgammon - Buttons - Chess Quote - Edward Winter - Henry James Byron - Play - Widow Twankay
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Chess Quote - Jeremy Silman On Advanced Chess Concepts

"After giving a student the basic mating patterns and strategies you must begin giving them advanced concepts. At first these ideas will not make sense, many players will have a vague idea of what you are talking about but nothing more. Even a fragmented understanding of these concepts will prove useful though, and eventually they will improve as these lessons are assimilated by repetition and example."

- Jeremy Silman (official site)
The Amateur's Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery, 1995

Tags: Advanced Concepts - Amateur - Chess - Chess mastery - Jeremy Silman - Repetition - Strategy
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Mikhail Tal - 10 Board Blindfold Chess Simul

Following on from my previous post, here is a short video showing a 33 year old Mikhail Tal performing a 10 board blindfold simul. He was still recouperating from kidney surgery at the time of the event. The result for Tal was 7 wins and 3 draws.


Mikhail Tal Playing Blindfold Chess Simul

Tags: Blindfold Chess - Chess Simul - Mikhail Tal - Tal
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