Sunday, 11 January 2009

Chess Quote - Charles Buxton on Forethought, Life & Chess

Charles Buxton (18231871) was an English philanthropist and writer who followed in his famous father's (Thomas Fowell Buxton) footsteps to become a brewer and member of Parliament. In chess circles he is remembered for his famous quote:
"In life, as in chess, forethought wins."
Amongst his other attributed quotes the comment about time is also particularly relevant:
"You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it."

Cartoon Chess - Dilbert Playing Chess Against Computer

Dilbert Cartoon Season 2, Episode 11 - The Return - part 3/3

The chess game dialogue between Dilbert and Comp-U-Comp:
Dilbert: [Dilbert grabs King]
C-U-C: I have already calculated 4 billion potential outcomes. Guess how many of those has you in it? Thats right! None.
Dilbert: Hey! I didn't jabber when you were trying to make a move.
C-U-C: Do you know how many ways the human body can spontaneously malfunction resulting in instant death? 7 million.
Dilbert: I can't let it get to me.
C-U-C: Does anyone feel itchy? It feels very itchy in here.
Dilbert: Ahh! Stupid mind games.
C-U-C: Have you ever wondered what happens when humans die? I know the answer. All I'm saying is big surprise.
Dilbert: [moves King]
C-U-C: Rook to Queen 4, checkmate. You have proven you are inferior.
Dilbert: Thats only one event. We're not done yet.
Dilbert is a satirical US comic strip produced by Scott Adams, which is known for its humorous portrayal of a white-collar, micromanaged office work environment. The star of the cartoon is the engineer Dilbert.

In this episode Dilbert buys a new computer over the Internet which he has sent to his work place, in order to show-off. The boss, however, signs for something he has not ordered. Dilbert tries complaining to the online retailer, eventually finding out that his own organisation provides the complaint line for the online company Comp-U-Comp. Dilbert tracks down the location of Comp-U-Comp and goes there to complain. It transpires that Comp-U-Comp is run by a computer which also runs the whole world. The computer challenges Dilbert to the best of 3 games (Chess, Badminton, Scrabble) to get his ordered computer. Dogbert saves the situation by pulling the electrical plug on the Comp-U-Comp computer.

Chess Art - Outdoor Chess Portrait - Bulgaria

Chess by ~dechobek (c) on deviantART

A fine chess player portrait by ~dechobek from Sofia, Bulgaria.