tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37675897.post3888781665298253510..comments2023-09-11T10:21:04.453+01:00Comments on The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog: What happened next XVITom Chivershttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09850710685193416732noreply@blogger.comBlogger3125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37675897.post-21463158798208676712011-03-29T11:53:05.035+01:002011-03-29T11:53:05.035+01:00Two wonderful snippets.
Talking of games, Morgan,...Two wonderful snippets.<br /><br />Talking of games, Morgan, last night I observed your board after about six moves and played the "work out how they could possibly have reached this position" game. As usual with you, I failed.Jonathan Bhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00293162543015231439noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37675897.post-61826435796801663922011-03-29T11:06:49.593+01:002011-03-29T11:06:49.593+01:00Von Neumann to Jacob Bronowski in the back of a ta...Von Neumann to Jacob Bronowski in the back of a taxi:<br /><br />'Chess is not a game. Chess is a well-defined form of computation. You may not be able to work out the answers, but in theory there must be a solution, a right procedure in any position. Now real games... are not like that at all. Real life is not like that. Real life consists of bluffing, of little tactics of deception, of asking yourself what is the other man going to think I mean to do. And that is what games are about in my theory.'Morgan Danielshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04964054143509110236noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37675897.post-31781729183348982292011-03-29T08:58:52.958+01:002011-03-29T08:58:52.958+01:00Somewhat ironically, von Neumann wasn't just a...Somewhat ironically, von Neumann wasn't just a famous/renowned mathematician: he was known as something of a calculating prodigy, and his speed of calculation has almost become the stuff of legend among the tribe. Which is to say, I'd be less surprised by the real JvN rising from the grave to push wood in Philadelphia, than by him taking 40 minutes over a move. (I don't recall if he was actually good at the game in any serious way, though.)Campionhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01714430541733701863noreply@blogger.com