Saturday, November 26, 2005

Chess Gone Wild


My friend Jennifer sent me an article from the New York Times (from which comes the photo above) about a controversy raging in the world of competitive chess.

Yes, it's true: controversy apparently does occasionally rage in the world of competitive chess. Who knew?

(I wonder if when people in chess argue, one person says something, then he hits that clock thing, then the other person says something, then he hits that clock thing, and so on?)

Anyway, apparently there is a new breed of chess players drawing crowds in tournaments all over the worlds. They are models, who are being criticized for using their beauty to get ahead, for being too attractive or distracting to participate, or for being bad for the game.

The article was very educational. What I learned from the article, and from the accompanying pictures, and from Googling the other women mentioned, is that in the world of chess, words like "beauty" and "attractive" and "distracting" have very different meanings than they do to you and me.

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