If it were the case that the world’s superpowers are using the media to blow out of proportion the latest pandemic and in doing so are, effectively, playing a game of chess whilst using the general public as mere pawns, which pawn would you be?

More seriously is this really one big game going to fizzle out into a draw, whilst pawns are left unmoved? What pawn are you? I choose the f-pawn for myself for there is an f-word that I say a lot more whilst under curfew.

When-o-when will everything return to normal? If a game is being played it will cause many in the west to question the life they lead and how ensnared they are. Anyone going to castle long and leave the west because of it I wonder?

We may end up with a larger online community of chess players if anything else. A small consolation I know…

Thought for the day: unfortunately, its quite unlikely I shall be playing chess 2000 years from now but some people will be, well maybe millions. Or will they be? Will chess outlast Covid-19 or will it be ‘done in’ by it? We don’t know, I know. All we can do is guess, I guess.

Because it’s quite unlikely I will be playing chess in the year 4020, if I do pick up this malicious and moody bacteria they call Covid-19, it’s also quite unlikely I’ll still have it in the year 4020 also. Although I see myself as immortal, I haven’t had a check up on that for a while and may have to see myself differently if I prolong those check ups much longer (Note to self: stop pissing the staff off by flirting with all the nurses from now on. Don’t forget you nearly got kicked out last time).

So what’s your money on? Chess outlasting Covid-19 or Covid-19 outlasting chess. It’s a two horse race and right now it’s neck and lung neck. If I were to bet, I would bet on myself never giving a fuck. Probably get low odds on that though, okay, so I bet chess. You?

Mark

Not for the first time, big thanks go to: https://www.facebook.com/MemoryChess/

You may have noticed that the headers (the images or banners you see on each page were varied but are now much more so. Some are very personal, many from MemoryChess. It’s well worth a look if you have the chance and use facebook.

As some of you may know the incredibly beautiful Arriane Caoili has passed away at a young age. I met her once in London and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. So much so I walked over to her game to see if she was, in fact, a chess player -and yes of course she was.

Condolences go to her family, Lev and all her friends;

Farewell and may you rest in peace.

Mark.J.McCready

To have matches cancelled, leagues, tournaments, and much more…what to do? Risk death just for a hobby? I hardly play so no effect here but I do pity those actively engaged in what must be trying times.

All the best. Pandemic aside, I hope it makes you stronger.

I have my writing projects to give me some, but not much joy.

MJM

Everytime you play chess you risk being killed. Not instantly, it would be a slow death, what with a pandemic lurking about, looking for anti-social chess players. You could catch Covid-19 from a team mate, your opponent, the club secretary or even the chess set you play with. Someone may have sneezed on it prior to you using it, or a sneeze from a passer-by may blow in the breeze to settle on your set. Pawns are more likely to be susceptible than minor or major pieces but which pawn the most I am unsure of. Probably the c-pawn because contagion begins with the letter C. In sum, by going to your chess club or a tournament you are killing yourself to live in a roundabout sort of way. That’s not good. It’s not good because it’s better to live than to die. Mark’s modest advice is act out a mass-media driven lifestyle and avoid contact with fellow chess players OR get up out of your armchair, boot in the tv whilst repeating the phrase ‘THIS IS ALL BOLLOCKS’.

Stick to Youtube but beware. It’s no killer but pernicious is the impact upon your soul, I kid you not. Ask yourself what happens when I view chess online? What is it I am actually learning or am I learning anything at all? Ask yourself what the difference between playing through a game with a set and just watching it and following the narration is. How large is the gulf in difference between yourself and the elite? Large is it? If so, and you want to understand their games, does descending into on-line viewing really help despite its entertainment value?

Take the game below. Highly fascinating, well-delivered. But in viewing the sheer multitude of variations abound are by-passed. As I followed I kept thinking ‘this is so far above my head it’s ridiculous’. Even Danny King admitted the theory was about him. Great video, great reminder of how deeply complex chess is.

To end, let’s ask ourselves, how do I want to die? Clubbed to death by endless hours of on-line viewing and thin, malnourishing Youtube dinners peppered with GM food? How about a virus which targets the young & old and anti-social chess players, especially those who are untitled, since they carry more germs than titled players.

How would I like to die? Oh that’s easy, it’s already set up in place and has been for some time now. A large amount of alcohol followed by approximately three times the level of an average fix of heroin. That is better described as a nice, painless, long-overdue sleep from which I will never have to wake from.

Enjoy the video, and remember what Aristotle told us so long ago, because you cannot know how or when your life will end, you are not able to judge it. A great life can be cut short tragically at anytime, then all is forever lost.

So those who dwell within mass-media driven society rest assured you always listen to someone announcing death has come in some shape or form, and there’s nothing you can do about it…good luck in your next game.

Right that’s me done, I’m off to have a massive piss.

Mark

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I could say I can’t keep my hands out of the cookie jar or I could say tidying up the writing project with pics, a video or two and a realization that a well-chosen quote at the end each part helps strengthen it further.

Is there really nothing left now,

Left to sit so I can forget about it temporarily,

So that I no longer sigh when I look through it,

I won’t do that more than the once,

For if you do not stop something, something will stop you,

I do not see a stop sign nor beyond the stop sign lies a sign saying ‘an on-line community is coupled to the general public’

That’s a sign I may initially turn away from when I see it…