Wednesday, March 25, 2015

At the chessboard with Lucy Mangan

Guardian last Friday:
Whether you agreed with what was being said or not, there was the odd and welcome sense of being talked to as an adult by an adult – at least until Phillips interviewed Tony Blair, which was, as ever, like being addressed by a calculating machine trying to manoeuvre its way between irritating, human-shaped obstacles so that it can get to the chestful of cash on the other side of today’s chessboard.


an ordinary chessplayer said...

It's a kaleidoscope of verbiage, the written equivalent of an LSD trip. Probably read Alice in Wonderland one too many times.

Excuse me for not knowing: was it Phillips or Blair who was maneuvering towards the chestful of cash? I'm guessing Phillips, but I really have no clue.

ejh said...

My impression was that Mangan thinks (vaguely or otherwise) that you win a game of chess by getting to the other side of the board, which may involve some recollection of pawn promotion.

Andrew B. said...

Maybe she's thinking of the chess scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, where the chessboard is an obstacle they have to get past (by beating it at chess).