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March 11, 2004

As Long as There's Nothing More Important to Worry About

Note: this is a post recovered from my old blog, before it died of an insufficient backup. Any comments/trackbacks on it have not been brought over, but can be seen with the original. The date is that of the original posting.


So it seems that some idiot believes that chess is racist:

Everyone knows that in a chess game white moves first.

This abstractly implies that white has a distinct advantage over black because black has to always take a defensive stand. Some see this as a continuing form of racism and want to change the rules of the game. Bill Ware, a devoted chess player, is one of these people and has come up with a new form of chess.
Bill Ware plans on removing color superiority by allowing the pieces to either be the same or different colors such as red, blue, green, etc. The determining factor on who moves first depends on what square the queen sits on.

Chess is played on a grid and each square has a variable of A-H, and a number of 1-8.

According to Ware, whichever queen sits on the square D-1, that is the team that moves first. This way, nether color has priority or an inherent right to move first.

Interesting. Interesting. How are the values of the squares defined? By where white sits! I guess it's back to the drawing board for Ware.

At least there's nothing more important to worry about than whether chess is racist.


An excerpt from a post at my site about this same story:

What about checkers? Black always goes before red! Does this mean black people are discriminating against the Chineese? Will we soon see hordes of angry drycleaners rampaging through Harlem demanding fair and equal treatment?


Posted by: Rob on March 5, 2004 02:35 PM
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