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A Death of Kings

on Chess

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about child prodigies in chess (and how only math and music have comparable in that regard). not a bad essay but i wasn't super interested

Steiner, G. (2009). A Death of Kings. In Steiner, G. At the New Yorker. New Directions, pp. 295-305

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To a true chess player, the pushing about of thirty-two counters on 8x8 squares is an end in itself, a whole world next to which that of mere biological or political or social life seems messy, stale, and contingent.

—p.298 by George Steiner 3 years, 9 months ago

To a true chess player, the pushing about of thirty-two counters on 8x8 squares is an end in itself, a whole world next to which that of mere biological or political or social life seems messy, stale, and contingent.

—p.298 by George Steiner 3 years, 9 months ago

(noun) an inept chess player

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Even the patzer, the wretched amateur who charges out with his knight pawn when the opponent's bishop decamps to R4

—p.298 by George Steiner
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3 years, 9 months ago

Even the patzer, the wretched amateur who charges out with his knight pawn when the opponent's bishop decamps to R4

—p.298 by George Steiner
notable
3 years, 9 months ago

checkmate forced by the side that is checkmated called also self-mate

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Thus there is, literally, in every mate a touch of what is called suimate--a kind of chess problem in which the solver is required to maneuver his own pieces into mate.

—p.302 by George Steiner
notable
3 years, 9 months ago

Thus there is, literally, in every mate a touch of what is called suimate--a kind of chess problem in which the solver is required to maneuver his own pieces into mate.

—p.302 by George Steiner
notable
3 years, 9 months ago

(noun, singular) a disorderly collection; a jumble

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the brain narrows to a luminous blade pointed at a single congeries of lines and occult forces

—p.304 by George Steiner
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3 years, 9 months ago

the brain narrows to a luminous blade pointed at a single congeries of lines and occult forces

—p.304 by George Steiner
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3 years, 9 months ago