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La Diagonale du Figaro N°23: A few small philosophies of chess players


EXCLUSIVE LETTER SUBSCRIBERS - This chronicle exhumes the maxims of the great master Tartacover, Oscar Wilde, Stefan Zweig, Marcel Duchamp... which help to reflect on the means of skilfully leading the games on 64 squares.

Dear echephile friends, some haunting questions often arise when we sit in front of the chessboard: what should we think about, how to attack, how to defend, what strategy to adopt... They too often remain unanswered.

But fortunately game thinkers are helping us.

They are novelists or poets like Stefan Zweig and Oscar Wilde.

They are artists or psychoanalysts like Marcel Duchamp and Sigmund Freud.

They are finally great masters, and it is quite natural, like Xavier Tartacover, José Raúl Capablanca, Alexandre Alekhine, Boris Spassky and others.

To begin this little tour of chess philosophies, it seems necessary to take an interest in Tartacover, the gifted polyglot who left us the best of initiation manuals, the famous

Breviary of Chess


This gambling adventurer, who spoke and wrote French, Russian, German and English, stuffing them with Latin quotations, not only promoted and developed a hypermodern vision of the game…

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Source: lefigaro

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