I took these photos at Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery. This place is a trip into Confederate and Southern history while also demonstrating the oddity of gentrification, urban decay, and evolving zoning and land use trends. Depending on where you are standing, you can see the some/all/none of: the downtown skyline, a rusty industrial railroad, a field of identical soldier tombstones, a crowded Jewish section, phallic headstones, gargoyles, mausoleums, heralded magnolia trees, and nature’s insistence that tombstones move over so roots can spring up.
Hmm, where to move? If you were black, where would you move?
I chose BK from g8 to h7. I wonder if white will move the pawn of f4 to f5 and put black in check.
It’s been awhile since a chess match has ended with a sigh of fatigued relief the way a great tennis match ends. I think that’s because I rarely play anyone live anymore! It’s like trying to get Mario Tennis to suffice for the real thing. Maybe.
Considering everything we do digitally, our human relation skills are probably being stunted beyond belief. If you never uncontrollably sigh and collapse at the end of a match (athletic or mental) I think your soul dies a little bit with each passing moment of passionless endings. But attaining such endings is so much more convenient so maybe we think quantity of matches in all makes up for lost quality.
check to your majesty
- Avoid mistakes.
- Do not make the opening moves automatically and without reflection.
- Do not seek to memorise variations, try to understand them.
- Do not believe all that you are told. Examine, verify, use your reason.
- In war, topography dictates operations.
- Do not abandon the centre to your adversary.
- Do not give up open lines, seize them and hold them.
- Do not create weak points in your game for your enemy to seize.
- Do not lose time.
- Unless you analyse the position, you will achieve nothing.
- Do not leave any piece where it has no range of action or is out of touch with your other pieces.
- Do not play too quickly.
- It is not a move, even the best move, that you must seek, but a realisable plan.
- Do not despise the small details; it is often in them that the idea of the position will be found.
- Do not think too soon about what you opponent can do; first get clear what you want to do.
- Do not lose confidence in your judgment.
- Never lose sight of your general idea, however thick the fight.
- Do not modify your plan.
- Do not be content with attacking an existing weakness; always seek to create others.
- Do not get careless when, after general exchanges, the end game is reached.
- Haste, the great enemy.
- Do not relax in the hour of victory.
- Do not entangle yourself in a maze of calculations.
- Never omit to blockade an enemy passed Pawn.
- Do not leave your pieces in bad positions.
-How Not to Play Chess by Eugene A. Znosko-Borovsky, 1949
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