Chess games used to play a big role in Hollywood movies — behind the scenes, usually. Cast members and crew on films often kept games going in the long down-times required in movie making, while lights were set up, sound issues were worked out, weather conditions changed, or other actors filmed scenes without those at the chess board.
John Wayne may be the most-photographed movie star at chess boards. He loved to play, and he played with anyone good on the sets of many of his films.
Here is a still photo of Wayne and two other actors, on location in France while filming the 1962 film, “The Longest Day.”
Nice qualifier for a presidential candidate. It is reputed that some of our better presidents were players of chess, but it’s difficult to find photographic evidence of it, or sketch or drawing evidence for those before 1840.
Well, maybe chess game of the not rich and not famous.
Chess is a great way to soothe a fevered mind, relax, and strengthen reasoning skills.
Photo by Cornell Capa:
Cornell Capa (April 10, 1918 – May 23, 2008) was a Hungarian American photographer, member of Magnum Photos, and photo curator, and the younger brother of photo-journalist and war photographer Robert Capa. Graduating from Imre Madách Gymnasium in Budapest, he initially intended to study medicine, but instead joined his brother in Paris to pursue photography. Cornell was an ambitious photo enthusiast who founded the world-known International Center of Photography in New York in 1974 with help from Micha Bar-Am after a stint of working for both Life magazine and Magnum Photos.
I wonder who were the two men playing the game? What happened to them?
Another fictional match, perhaps with some wry commentary on the differences between the Orient and the Occident: Sculpture showing Confucius and Einstein engaged in playing chess.
University Tunku Abdel Rahman first took in students in 2002, a new university established in Malaysia, named after the nation’s first Prime Minister, Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Interesting sculpture, purely from the imagination of the artist. Confucius and Einstein are separated by 2000 years. Surely someone, somewhere can explain the meaning of the two different games on the same board.
Einstein is known to have played chess, but I have been unable to find any photographs of him engaged in the sport.
Tip of the old scrub brush to Florence Kuek at Harp of Ten Strings.
Fry and Laurie go back a lot farther than you may have expected.
Stephen Fry’s Wikipedia entry explains, Fry “secured a place at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he studied English literature. While at university, Fry became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie, and took the role of Jeeves (with Laurie playing Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster.”
Duchamp was a chess-playing fool.
Composer John Cage sought him out in Duchamp’s last years, and made a point of meeting with the artist at least once a week. Cage experimented with a chessboard designed to generate music depending on the positions of the chess pieces on the board (hence, the wires). This photo came from a performance at a festival in Toronto in 1968.
- Many more details of the wonderful friendship between Cage and Duchamp, built on chess, featuring Salvador Dali, at Tout-fait
- Duchamp vs. Man Ray on a rooftop
- Duchamp against anonymous, with links to paintings by John Cage and Duchamp versus a nude woman