‘Chess is, famously, an activity entirely unrelated to the rest of life: from this springs its fragile profundity.’

Julian Barnes, ‘TDF: The World Chess Championship’
The New Yorker (December 1993)
reproduced in Letters from London 1990-1995
(Picador, 1995), p.249


‘We could even make the case that [Philidor’s] memorable phrase “the pawns are the soul of the game” eerily anticipated the French Revolution.’

Garry Kasparov, How Life Imitates Chess (Heinemann, 2007), p.135

life imitates chess

See also

Violence and intellectuality


The Living Game

Playing for Peanuts

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