Richardson, TX - The University of Texas Board of Regents voted last night to ban the game of Chess from all of its campuses. The board claims that Chess has a negative influence on students because of the backwards and outdated thinking that was responsible for creating the game. One board member, A. W. "Dub" Riter, Jr., compiled a list of seven grievances against Chess. Dub's list claims,
1. Chess is irrelevant to our society because it was created by dead white guys.
2. Chess encourages racism by having a 'war' between a white army and a black army.
3. Chess reinforces current racist tendencies in our society by always having the white army move first.
4. Chess glorifies war.
5. Chess oppressively reinforces heterosexual stereotypes. It does this by forcing each army to have a king and a queen and by not allowing the game to be played with either two kings or two queens.
6. Chess is guilty of breaking the separation of church and state by allowing a bishop to be a belligerent in war.
7. Chess destroys self-esteem. When children play the game, one always loses. Losing causes a child to feel dumb and inadequate.
Said Dub, "There is no place in our society for a monstrous game like Chess. Chess is dangerous. Chess is destructive. Chess teaches racial and sexual oppression. Chess must be banned!"
A bit of History......
The first mention of Chess is found in a Persian poem according to which the advent of the game took place in India. Chess migrated to Persia (Iran) during the reigns of King Chosroe-I Annshiravan (531-579) as described in a Persian book of this period.
Chess is also mentioned in the poems of Firdousi, a Persian poet of the 10th century in which he describes gifts being introduced by a convoy from the Rajah of India at the court of the Persing King Chosroe-I.
Chess was originally a game depicting the battle of two armies. Records show that there were originally four types of piece used in Chess. Shatrang (Indian Sanskrit) means ‘four’ and anga means ‘detachment’. In the Sassanid dynasty (242-651 AD) a book was written in the Middle Persian Pahlavi language called ‘Chatrang namakwor’ (A Manual of Chess). Shatrang (Chess) represents the universe, according to ancient Indian mysticism. The four sides being the four elements (fire, air, earth and water), and the four ‘humors’ of man.
Today, the game of traditional Chess is very similar to the original game that was played in India 1400+ years ago.
A game of Chess demands great skill and logic. It is not a physical contest.
It is a Battle of Minds...
and there is no element of luck. In oriental warfare, a battle could be decided by the death or capture of the King, which in Chess is known as Shah-mat (checkmate, ++CM). So two armies line up against each other. One can try head-on assault or patient outflanking manoeuvres. One can try bluff, or offer poisoned pawns, or make sacrifices in order to ambush the enemy and capture the commander-in-chief, the King.
It is a game that involves the mind completely. Chess combines elements of both art and science. Chess is primarily an exercise in logic.
Chess gets people using their mind. It gets people who play, thinking and analysing logically which can then be used in everyday life, buy using the same principles. The more you play the better you get and the way your brain operates improves.
Banning Chess is a way of stopping people thinking logically, it stops people thinking individually.
Exactly what the New World Order Demands.
Knight to Queen4 - Check Mate.... :-)