Saturday, July 24, 2010

Definitely Got Something To Do With Chess V


Pilot for a film detective series
by Desmond Lowden
using material by Ray Keene

Or so it says here.

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Fortunately there's a copy in the British Library.


A chessboard. MOVE IN until we are in the centre of the game. Chess pieces, knights, kings, queens are tall around us.

The figures change. They become human, stiff in armour or royal robes. And they’re menacing too, glancing sidelong at each other, weighing each other up.

A fat bishop makes a move. Pawns are muddy peasants, afraid as he comes to rest. While royals and courtiers are suspicious, trying to work out the move. The menace grows.

Another move. A black knight jumps his horse to land on a peasant. He slices off his head. But there’s no blood. The wound is clean, sanitised.

White moves follow, a queen, a pawn, a bishop. But each time black’s reply comes quick as a whip.

CLOSE IN on the white king’s eyes. He’s frightened.

PULL BACK. The white king is now a man in a good suit, mobile phone in hand. He glances at his queen, another power player of the 90’s. The bishop is a media boss. A rook, a property developer.

There are glances, weighings up. And again, white moves which are tentative. And whiplash black replies.

Until the final move. A black knight, hell’s angel on a bike, leaps through the air, lands … and with a machete slices a bejeaned, tee-shirted pawn.

And now there’s blood. The square a pawn is dying on is red. And it spreads out, shiny and menacing, across the board.

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1 comment:

ejh said...

A black knight jumps his horse to land on a peasant. He slices off his head.

This bit is fantastic and ought to be heard more often.