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

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

Poem ‘Chances’

A set of Poker dice as used in Liar dice (indi...
A set of Poker dice as used in Liar dice (individual hand). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chances

You watch me do the washing up,
clean surfaces and toilets.
All the time you’re standing there,
moaning, swaying in your underwear,
sleepily spooning chocolate cereal
into that stale and coated mouth.
You must look at me and think
this will never be you,
that someone will always be here
to do this, the menial things,
the responsible things.
Maybe in twenty years
your swelling salary
will provide the foreign cleaner,
so you and some lover
can roam that glittering world.
Maybe sooner than that;
this huge lottery win
you keep hankering for
will surely drop the easy life
straight into your lazy lap.
Chances are, it won’t.
Do you still want to know
what the future might hold?
Take a look at me.

poem © copyright df barker 2012