Haiku: Duality

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The light without dark
Summer without the winter —
this duality

Copyright Francis 2021

Whither the origin of chess — Stabroek News (Reblog)

A senior official of the International Chess Federation, known by its French acronym FIDE, once noted that perhaps the game of chess was devised by aliens. I laughed. How ridiculous! The moment passed. However, as I widened my listening and reading skills, the thought that chess was alien oriented did not seem so far-fetched after […]

Whither the origin of chess — Stabroek News

Three-Dimensional Chess — shadowplay (Reblog)

I read Walter Tevis’s The Queen’s Gambit years ago and loved it. His other filmed books, The Hustler and The Man Who Fell to Earth are great too, and made good movies but the books are still worthy of investigation. The Color of Money doesn’t really have anything much in common with Scorsese’s film and […]

Three-Dimensional Chess — shadowplay

Review: Foundation or the best chess game ever! — (Reblog)

Hello people! I hope you all are well! Today I am really excited because I am here with the first review for Sci-Fi Month, and I am reviewing a book that took me completely by surprise, so… let’s start! Title: FoundationSeries: Foundation #1Author: Isaac AsimovPage Count: 244 For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has […]

Review: Foundation or the best chess game ever! —

A devastating continuation — Stabroek News (Reblog)

In 1987, the chess grandmaster Evgeny Vladimirov, a native of the then USSR, won a game against his countryman Vladimir Epishin. That game made the list of ‘the ten best chess moves of all time’.  The move was 26. Bh6!! It earned a double exclamation mark by all analysts. Imagine White has a queen to […]

A devastating continuation — Stabroek News

HOW TO GET GOOD AT CHESS [ARTICLE] — slicethelife (Reblog)

With the popularity of Netflix’s -The Queen’s Gambit- and also getting a boost from this years pandemic-the popularity of chess has received a big boom Here is an article from The Guardian with tips on how to get good at chess. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/nov/14/how-to-get-good-at-chess-the-queens-gambit?utm_source=pocket-newtab

HOW TO GET GOOD AT CHESS [ARTICLE] — slicethelife

Haibun: The Long Game

playing rock game chess
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The silence is deafening,
tension taught as the tightest string.
We face not armies
but a hidden host
against whom we play
the game of our lives.

Who is first to blink?
Chequerboard duality
Playing the long game

copyright Francis Barker 2020