Jorge Luis Borges and Chess
His written legacy is the result of a life of research, which covers diverse topics of human culture such as the principles of Buddhism, the Jewish tradition or chinese thought.
Jorge Luis Borges was an Univeral Man dedicated to the search for fundamental answers.
He also like the chess and composed a poem for this, just as it did with the Go, but only reached this once when he lost his sight.
by Jorge Luis Borges
In their solemn corner, the players move
The slow pieces. The board detains them
Until the dawn in its severe world
In which two colors hate each other.
Within the forms irradiates magic
Strictness: Homeric rook, swift
Knight, armed queen, crucial king,
Oblique bishop and aggressive pawns.
Once the players have finally left,
Once time has devoured them,
Surely the ritual will not have ended.
In the orient like this very war flared up
Whose amphitheater today is the earth entire.
Like the other, the game is infinite.
Weakling king, slanting bishop, relentless
Queen, direct rook and cunning pawn
Seek and wage their armed battle
Across the black and white of the field.
They know not that the player’s selected
Hand governs their destiny,
They know not that a rigor adamantine
Subjects their will and rules their day.
The player also is a prisoner
(The saying is Omar’s) of another board
Of black nights and of white days.
God moves the player, and he, the piece.
Which god behind God begets the plot
Of dust and time and dream and agonies?
Translation: Frank Thomas Smith
Original language: spanish