Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What's the point?

Eye-catching passage in Stephen Moss's Guardian piece on Gaioz Nigalidze yesterday:
Raymond Keene, the English grandmaster and long-time Times chess columnist, tweeted yesterday when the Dubai story broke: “What’s the point of cheating at chess? The thrill of the game is mental stimulation. It must be exhausting having to pretend all the time.”
So he did, Stephen, so he did.

The piece goes on to say:
There have always been cheats and charlatans in the game.
So there have, Stephen, so there have.

[Ray Keene index]


an ordinary chessplayer said...

"... playing a terrible move fairly early in the game that a chess program would only play if it was set on moron level."

I guess that answers the question of what to do if you find a mobile phone underneath the toilet paper.

Anonymous said...

Just wonderful
-the blue weasel-

John Cox said...

Leaving aside the amusing irony of RDK's rather loathsome comment, it also grates by its sheer nastiness and stupidity. We all know the point of struggling East European pros cheating at chess - they don't play for mental stimulation, but to pay the rent. We aren't all born to well-off parents in one of the world's richest countries.

an ordinary chessplayer said...

John, would you have as much sympathy for the struggling East European who waited for the prizes to be distributed, and then filched the tournament winner's wallet?

John Cox said...

I didn't say I had any sympathy for it. I said that saying you didn't see the point of it because the object of the game was mental stimulation was loathsome.

an ordinary chessplayer said...

Okay that makes sense. Sorry I missed your point the first time.