Originally posted by LeFouI just play the damned game.
In Shakespeare's "Hamlet", the protagonist at one point exclaims, "O God! I could be bounded in a nut-shell, and count myself a king of infinite space..." Is this not a description (however oblique) of our beloved game? Chess is bounded in a 64-square nut-shell with rigid rules governing play, and yet what an infinity of possibilities stretches out before us. ...[text shortened]... in the "meaning" of chess than in the "mechanics" of our Divine Game. How about you?
Originally posted by TiwakingIf someone introduced a 'fight club' opening, I would play it every time. What a brilliant name for an opening.
Or men talking about Fight Club.
Interesting. I wonder if anyone has ever named a Chess Opening variation the "Fight Club". Has merit.
Originally posted by LeFou"While the Baroque rules of chess could only have been created by humans, the rules of go are so elegant, organic, and rigorously logical that if intelligent life forms exist elsewhere in the universe, they almost certainly play go" -- guess who?
Chess is an Archetypal Image of the Mind of That Which Can Not Be Named. It is also other things to other people, that's what makes chess so fascinating. As you can tell, I'm more interested in the "meaning" of chess than in the "mechanics" of our Divine Game. How about you?
Originally posted by witchfyndergeneralGoogle "Frankenstein-Dracula variation". It's a line of the Vienna and is as close to a Fight Club opening as I've ever seen. To bad it was named over a decade before the movie.
If someone introduced a 'fight club' opening, I would play it every time. What a brilliant name for an opening.
I imagine it would have something to do with pretending to be the four knights (boring, quiet,not very popular with the ladies) until some mad sacrifice or trap transposes it into a super aggressive, razor sharp sac fest that leaves the victim feeling strangely violated.
Originally posted by LeFouThe quote finishes: "...were it not that I have bad dreams." Rumor has it that an early folio went on, "In those dreams, I am in zugzwang."
In Shakespeare's "Hamlet", the protagonist at one point exclaims, "O God! I could be bounded in a nut-shell, and count myself a king of infinite space..." Is this not a description (however oblique) of our beloved game?... How about you?
Originally posted by thesonofsaulNow I know why I like chess books with lots of diagrams...
I believe Hamlet was refering to insanity in that bit, so I agree. Totally insane to keep playing this dumb game.
I also agree that chess is a very metaphorical game. But no one should talk about it. It's awkward. Like men talking about love. Just leave it alone and let it be.
Originally posted by witchfyndergeneralA Chinese game that looks a bit like draughts (that's checkers to our trans-Atlantic friends), but is very very hard to master. It's also very hard for computers to play well due to its impossibly high branching factor. The average branching factor (number of legal moves) in chess is around 30, whereas in Go it's around 200. The combinations just get too big for current computers to handle, so strong humans can still beat the best computers.
What is go?
Originally posted by witchfyndergeneral"Originating in China, where it is known as Wei-ch'i, Go has reached its highest expression in Japan, where it has a professional elite and a following of millions.
What is go?