“Getting together for a game of chess, backgammon, or just to have a conversation,” the rakers report reads.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has been president of a Russian state, a millionaire car dealer, a Buddhist, and a chess fanatic.
In June, over the last game of chess they had together, Gaddafi complained to Ilyumzhinov that “the West cheated him.”
I got along with Bobby Fischer because I knew nothing about chess.
Tyler Cowen has seen the future, and it looks a lot like ... chess.
In a big, new, gilded room sailors and sergeants played checkers and more serious Venetians worked out dismal problems in chess.
A couple of hours afterwards I returned to the cottage for chess as usual.
Then would be the moment to set your knight on the chess board.
Come, come in, well take a Game at chess before Dinner, if we can.
chess, looked upon in this connection, wears a mantle of romance; there is a spell upon it of that departed glory!
13c., from Old French esches "chessmen," plural of eschec "game of chess, chessboard; checkmate" (see check (n.)), from the key move of the game. Modern French still distinguishes échec "check, blow, rebuff, defeat," from plural échecs "chess."
The original word for "chess" is Sanskrit chaturanga "four members of an army" -- elephants, horses, chariots, foot soldiers. This is preserved in Spanish ajedrez, from Arabic (al) shat-ranj, from Persian chatrang, from the Sanskrit word.
The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem. [Marcel Duchamp, address to New York State Chess Association, Aug. 30, 1952]