Chess and Death

ivandh

It occurred to me that death must be a pretty good chess player.

It's a common trope that dying souls may challenge Death to a game for their life. In stories, this is often limited to brave young heroes who are after fame and royal booty but let's assume Death takes all comers. After all, being the harbinger of mortality must be kind of a downer and there's nothing like a good game to lift the spirits, as it were.

Now I know what you're thinking, that I am about to say "Death beat Morphy, Fischer, Capablanca, every great chess player who ever lived and subsequently died." And you will say, ah, but Death took all these fine chaps well out of their chess-playing prime. My point is not to say that Death is the greatest player to ever live, as it were.

No, Death is not the greatest, but a dashing good one. Considering the mortality rate across the globe, and supposing that most people would gamble for a second crack at life if they could get it, Death must be playing a simul against tens of thousands of people at a given time. Not only playing chess, but other such diverse games as dungeons & dragons or twister. And yet there are very few people who have demonstrably come back to life, meaning Death has one hell of a winning streak, as it were.

Potato50012

I love it.

Alexander-Joseph

Potato50012 wrote:

I love it.

I like where your head is at. Many people have come Back from the dead, after strokes and stopped hearts etc, also some have dodged death. Death seems to be the sort of player to instantly call for a rematch after a loss as none of us are free from its challenges.

Johnny_Gumshoe
Nice.
Potato50012

The top of the text box, on the left, next to the chess board icon.

Potato50012

If I knew how to on this device, I would.

Potato50012
Alexander-Joseph wrote:

 

Potato50012 wrote:

 

I love it.

 

I like where your head is at. Many people have come Back from the dead, after strokes and stopped hearts etc, also some have dodged death. Death seems to be the sort of player to instantly call for a rematch after a loss as none of us are free from its challenges.

 

You have forgotten to make the distinction between all dead and mostly dead.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093779/characters/nm0000345

BISHOP_e3

Pulpofeira

Death playing twister, this made my day!

autobunny

And @ivandh is back!  Show the patzer posters how it's done! 

badenwurtca

Interesting thread.

Howhorseymove
Sorry to tell you but death is not good at board games. Anyone who saw the second Bill and Ted movie knows that he would lose and then keep increasing the number of times that you had to beat him since he is a poor sport. Death was even caught in a lip syncing scandal on one of his albums.

Doesn’t that tell you enough?

Death is a patzer at chess except for the one Ingrid Bergman movie and even I suspect only won cause he used Stockfish when he requested a bath room break at some point in the game.
talapia
ivandh wrote:

It occurred to me that death must be a pretty good chess player.

It's a common trope that dying souls may challenge Death to a game for their life. In stories, this is often limited to brave young heroes who are after fame and royal booty but let's assume Death takes all comers. After all, being the harbinger of mortality must be kind of a downer and there's nothing like a good game to lift the spirits, as it were.

Now I know what you're thinking, that I am about to say "Death beat Morphy, Fischer, Capablanca, every great chess player who ever lived and subsequently died." And you will say, ah, but Death took all these fine chaps well out of their chess-playing prime. My point is not to say that Death is the greatest player to ever live, as it were.

No, Death is not the greatest, but a dashing good one. Considering the mortality rate across the globe, and supposing that most people would gamble for a second crack at life if they could get it, Death must be playing a simul against tens of thousands of people at a given time. Not only playing chess, but other such diverse games as dungeons & dragons or twister. And yet there are very few people who have demonstrably come back to life, meaning Death has one hell of a winning streak, as it were.

 

This is a way better thread than 'eric we are frustrated', that is getting old to look at every day

 

woollensock
Deaths gonna have a job calling on me , I’ve got nine lives, happy.png 😺
talapia
woollensock wrote:
Deaths gonna have a job calling on me , I’ve got nine lives, happy.png 😺

 

Just like the Felids in Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup! However, they cannot wear armor. That's a big drawback.

DENVERHIGH

talapia

Life is a privilege, but many people prefer Death, which is why they drink.

ShaoniHiya
 ivandh wrote:

It occurred to me that death must be a pretty good chess player.

It's a common trope that dying souls may challenge Death to a game for their life. In stories, this is often limited to brave young heroes who are after fame and royal booty but let's assume Death takes all comers. After all, being the harbinger of mortality must be kind of a downer and there's nothing like a good game to lift the spirits, as it were.

Now I know what you're thinking, that I am about to say "Death beat Morphy, Fischer, Capablanca, every great chess player who ever lived and subsequently died." And you will say, ah, but Death took all these fine chaps well out of their chess-playing prime. My point is not to say that Death is the greatest player to ever live, as it were.

No, Death is not the greatest, but a dashing good one. Considering the mortality rate across the globe, and supposing that most people would gamble for a second crack at life if they could get it, Death must be playing a simul against tens of thousands of people at a given time. Not only playing chess, but other such diverse games as dungeons & dragons or twister. And yet there are very few people who have demonstrably come back to life, meaning Death has one hell of a winning streak, as it were.

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