Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Something I Found in an Old Chess Magazine

Addicts' Corner
by Mike Fox and Richard James
Pergamon Chess Vol 53 No 8, November 1988


"Chess is simply a medium through which concentration and a higher state of mind is achieved ... It is like contemplating your navel, only better. It is perhaps a way of making love."


F&J say they found this in Private Eye who had themselves lifted it from The Spectator ... but who are they quoting?

5 comments:

Tom Chivers said...

Speelman, innit?

Richard James said...

To be honest, I don't remember (and I suspect it was written by Mike anyway).

I probably have the 1988 Private Eye we took it from somewhere around but it would take me for ever to find it!

Thanks for the plug - always welcome!

Morgan Daniels said...

So it's from 1988, is it? Can you narrow it down any further? I have access to a nice well-ordered archive of Eye back issues which definitely covers that year...

Anonymous said...

I put the quote into google and ot popped this link , so could be spess http://www.sonic.net/finearts/tempimgs/chesquot.htm

jms

Jonathan B said...

Speelman it was.

*Richard*
You're welcome ... I have to say your Chess column and the book are a mine of information/source of inspiration for the modern day chess blogger.