Friday, 5 June 2009

Should Christians Play Chess? - A Satirical Look at Religious Objections to Games

The following passage was posted by ELEPHANTCITY as a satirical poke at the article Should a Christian play dungeons and dragons? The author is also happy for this article to be used on other sites - "if anyone's worried about copyright, i formally grant permission for whole or partial quotes of this page". (page link)


The Subtle Sin

Never mind the well-addressed question Should a Christian play dungeons and dragons?

A better question would be:

Should Christians play chess?

It has an obvious theme, in the traditional White against Black sides, good versus evil. The symbology of the good guys is obvious:

King - Secular Leader, but with the Church close on his side (King's Bishop)

Queen - All the King's secular forces combined into a powerful tool of his administration. Starts at his side, to show His dominance. Straight and Diagonal movement shows the ability to apply to all problems and situations.

Bishop - liaison between Man and God, the administration of the House of the Lord on Earth. Keeps to one color, to show that the church has limitations in its applicability, BUT there are TWO Bishops, one for the Church, one for the Congregation, and between the two of them, they can get anywhere. Shows the transparent MYTH of Separation of Church and State.

Knight - The Special Forces, able to attack from unseen angles, and retreat across obstacles. The 90-degree component seen by many to symbolize the duality of God's Might and Man's Will.

Rook - Portrayed in most modern sets as a castle, examination of early structures leads many to conclude it is actually a church, historically. Either way usually exemplifies a building made of Stone, and "On this stone I shall build a church."

Pawn - All the multitudes of Man, serving God best by stepping blindly forward.

Of course, the Black side, the Evil, has the same components. Considering that the Dark One has his followers and his Bishops, we know what God has stated about False Religions: "As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."

This makes it seem that someone playing chess, especially on the White Side, is acting out a morality play, attacking the forces of Darkness and crushing them under his heel. There lies the trick that ensnares millions of innocent souls every year.

Evil has, mathematically, as much of a chance to win as Good. The only restriction between the colors is that White moves first. In reality, The Good side should have more power than the evil, for the Lord has said, regarding HIS believers: "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Unfortunately, the 'powers' given to the individual units of a chess set are evenly matched by their direct opponents.

Anther problem is the power of the Queen. She is clearly portrayed as the King's wife, but granted greater power and maneuverability. She travels and works independently of the King, if nominally at his 'bidding.' This directly conflicts with MANY biblical verses, to wit:

  • "...and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."
  • "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God."
  • "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church."
  • "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing."
  • "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord."
  • "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing."
  • "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands."

A further heresy implicit in the play of Chess, is that of returning lost souls to play. If a simple pawn makes it unmolested to the final rank of the enemy's side, he can be transmuted to any other piece of the game. In this manner, lost pieces can be regained. The bible clearly shows that there is only one event of importance following an individual's death, and that is the judgement. After that, the soul is sent Heavenwards or dropped into the Lake of Fire. Reincarnation is the devil's idea.

In addition to problems with the rules, certain conventions of game play are offensive to any True Christian that has seen the Truth. It is possible, if care is not taken, to move the Knight in such a manner that the outline of a Pentagram is described on the board, an incontrovertible sign of Satan.

Most frighteningly, throughout most of the game, the mechanism of capturing a piece results in removal of the lost piece. In the final move, of EVERY chess game, the King is not captured. Instead, the losing player lays his King down on the board, mimicking a ritualistic HUMAN SACRIFICE!

Does it still sound like a simple 'Game?'

For Further Consideration:

Chess is so addictive that prisoners and isolated individuals have been known to carve their own sets out of random materials at hand.

The forces of Darkness have managed to get introductory chess books into almost EVERY school library in the entire country! Our children are ENCOURAGED to take up the Devil's Pastime! They often play it in pairs, unsupervised by any responsible adults.

Unlike more traditional games, like Monopoly or Yukon Solitaire, chess does not stop at a mere Winner/Loser concept. Implicit in each game of chess, at least ONE person HAS to die before the game can be over.

And finally, in various times and places, people have been known to dress up in costumes and actually 'Act Out' a chess game! A game that encourages people to see themselves as carved and painted pieces of wood deserves at least a little more scrutiny!

At the best, it's origins are lost in pagan antiquity, and not easily subjected to objective Christian scrutiny for unbiased analysis.

At the worst, Satan eased it into place in anticipation of the reaction to AD&D. Think of that the next time you tell you children "Why don't you play chess, instead?"

Bobby Fischer Pasadena Storage Unit Chess Library Auction (Bonhams, New York) 10th June 2009

An auction of Bobby Fischer's chess library from the Pasadena storage unit will take place on the 10th of June 2009 at Bonhams, New York. The manuscript material mostly centers on Fischer’s preparation for his World Chess Championship match with Boris Spassky in 1972. The auction estimate for the lot is around $50,000 - $80,000. More information here.

Background History:
  • Library of books and documents derived from the Pasadena storage unit.
  • The Pasadena storage unit was where Bobby Fischer’s belongings were held after 1992.
  • Fischer had defied the U.N. embargo against travel to Yugoslavia for his re-match against Boris Spassky in 1992.
  • Bobby Fischer never returned to the U.S. following the rematch with Boris Spassky.
Contents include:
  • Around 320 volumes on chess including a few match results, various places and languages (including many Soviet imprints), 1889-1992,
  • Around 400 issues of chess-related periodicals, including - “Magyar Sakkelet”, Overboard, Revista SAH, Sahovski Informator, The Chess Player, and “Waxmatbl”.
  • 9 personal floppy disks.
  • 3 sets of proofs for Fischer’s My 60 Memorable Games (published 1969).
  • Robert Wade's manuscript research on the match history of Boris Spassky (4 volumes of bound typescript, with commentary).
  • Games of Mark Taimanov and Tigran Petrosian in manuscript notebooks with notations (from the 1950s-1970).

Chess Quotient (CQ) of Youngest Grandmasters in History by Paul Muljadi

The Chess Quotient (CQ) is a simple idea based on the Intelligence Quotient (IQ). CQ is calculated as the Elo rating of the player divided by their age (16 years or younger). Paul Muljadi has published a CQ list of the youngest grandmasters (ELO rating over 2500) in history (here).

Elite CQ List by Paul Muljadi

Bobby Fischer ..... 161
Judit Polgar ...... 162
Koneru Humpy ...... 165
Hikaru Nakamura ... 165
Peter Leko ........ 174
Etienne Bacrot .... 177
Ruslan Ponomariov . 179
Teimour Radjabov .. 179
Bu Xiangzhi ....... 180
Magnus Carlsen .... 188
Sergei Karjakin ... 199