Category Archives: chess

freeze the bern

(Written for the Language and New Media class blog network) Excited to say – people on the Internet are always excited, aren’t they – that I have contributed to a meme for the first time in my life – that … Continue reading

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No draws in war

Previous post tagged chess A major element of fun in games, said Goffman (in the essay of that name) is that “the outcome or pay-off has a good chance of remaining unsettled until the end of play.” But what happens … Continue reading

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castling

“If chess were being invented today, it would never get past the test stage,” my brother said at Christmas, in one of those comedy riffs of his that could be original or borrowed from the classics and I’ll never know. … Continue reading

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