Chess has often brought together different ideologies
Bobby Fische once said, “All that matters on the chessboard are the right moves.” Chess has always remained a fairly popular indoor sport, even if its audience is shrinking.
Today, on #InternationalChessDay, Rabih Alameddinethe author of A useless woman, shared a Twitter thread to show how the sport was a turning point in world history.
Chess, originating in India, has been represented since antiquity, when it was a more common sport.
It expanded in medieval times, as evidenced by the elaborate chiaroscuro paintings of the time.
And with the importance of art, found its place in paintings.
Then photographs came into play, and chess also found its place.
It has also been featured in films, with its most famous portrayal probably in Ingmar Bergman’s film The Seventh Seal, where Death plays chess with a medieval knight.
And continues to be relevant in modern times.
Hernan Bas (American, b. 1978), The Accidental Chess Game, 2015. Acrylic, colored pencil, chalk, and oil pastels on paper, 30 x 22 in pic.twitter.com/sZNjmwoXoy— Rabih Alameddine (@rabihalameddine) July 19, 2018
People started contributing to the thread, finding other iconic examples of how and when chess was depicted with a memorable example.
And unique chess pieces of their own discoveries.
Nice yarn! This is the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812, in Moscow, with rooms representing real participants in the war, including Alexander I, Napoleon, Kutuzov, etc., as explained in the bilingual text. pic.twitter.com/1lVw0G05DM — c ч ico (@chicomgue) July 19, 2018
Failures, clearly, bind us all.