The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

3 March 2004

Only a pawn in their game

Could there possibly be a game more blatantly racist than chess?

Look at the very beginning. White moves first, thereby taking the offensive; Black must wait for White's first move, and then must defend against it.

Of course, you can always change the rules, but then it wouldn't be chess, would it?

Gee, I hope Pejman doesn't find out about this.

(Via Tongue Tied)

Posted at 9:56 AM | TrackBack

"Ware began formulating the plan of attacking racism in chess."

Yes...racism in chess...because the chess pieces all symbolize real people, behaving in the real world, right? Un-freaking-believable.

The idea of tinkering with the game to come up with new strategies or challenges is fine -- see Spock's 3-D version, fer instance -- but tinkering with it to address "social" causes just seems downright...bizarre, at best.

Posted by: David at 11:08 PM on 3 March 2004

[[ Could there possibly be a game more blatantly racist than chess? ]]

Sure, how about bowling? In the words of the immortal Nat X:

"My favorite sport is bowling. There's nothing I like better than seeing a big BLACK ball knocking down those WHITE pins with their RED NECKS." [ / humor ]

Posted by: CT at 9:25 AM on 4 March 2004