Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Chess Quote - George Bernard Shaw on Chess

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950):

“Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time.” - George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw was a very talented Irish playright who was apparently a chess player. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925. Many of his literary works dealt with contemporary social problems, which he would attempt to make more palatable through the use of comedy. He was a commited socialist who was very angered by the exploitation of the working classes at the time. Shaw was a charter member of the Fabian Society, a middle class organisation to promote the spread of socialism through peaceful means. The adjective shavian is a term best described as relating to, or characteristic of George Bernard Shaw or his works. Shaw had a lifelong dislike of schools and teachers. Despite this, he was one of the important founders of the London School of Economics (LSE). (Wikipedia)