Chess trivia: The Partisan and a Satyajit Ray classic


An ambitious new thriller makes it to reading lists and later this month, filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj Ke Khilari’ will be showcased at the Venice International Film Festival

An ambitious new thriller makes it to reading lists and later this month, filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj Ke Khilari’ will be showcased at the Venice International Film Festival

The Partisan | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

The Partisan by Patrick Worrall uses chess as a metaphor for politics. Two chess prodigies meet in the new debut thriller, and a deadly game ensues with the Cold War as its backdrop. Published in June this year, the book made it to The Guardian’s list of the best recent crime and thrillers.

Satyajit Ray's passion for chess has been well documented

Satyajit Ray’s passion for chess has been well documented Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray‘s passion for chess has been well documented. According to his son Sandip Ray, his father used the game while storyboarding for his film Shatranj Ke Khilari ( The Chess Players). He read up voraciously on the game to research moves before he directed the movie. Based on Munshi Premchand’s short story, the movie is set on the eve of the Indian rebellion of 1857. A restored version of the film will be screened as part of the Venice Classics section, which returns to the fold of the Venice International Film Festival this year.

Artificial intelligence in chess

Artificial intelligence in chess | Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Chess has gone futuristic, but not without mistakes. A chess robot broke a child’s finger during a recent tournament in Moscow. “The child made a move, and after that it is necessary to give time for the robot to respond, but the boy hurried, the robot grabbed him. We have nothing to do with the robot,” said president of the Moscow Chess Federation, Sergey Lazarev.

Scuba divers play a game of chess underwater near Neelankarai beach in

Scuba divers play a game of chess underwater near Neelankarai beach in | Photo Credit: PTI

Last weekend, six players, all trained scuba divers, played chess underwater — on chessboards that weighed 10 kg — off the coast of Neelankarai, as part of the ongoing 44th Chess Olympiad. The team used heavy, specially designed, pieces.

A screen shot from 'Chaturangam — A Dance Depiction'

A screen shot from ‘Chaturangam — A Dance Depiction’ | Photo Credit: SPECIAL EVENT

Pudukkottai’s district administration released a video, ‘Chaturangam — A Dance Depiction’, with Malyutham, Therukoothu and Silambam artistes, merging chess with Tamil folk and martial art forms. In the first four days, it clocked over 19k views.

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen | Photo Credit: PTI

All eyes are on the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen. On International Chess Day (July 20), Carlsen announced that he will not defend his title (which he has held since 2013) next year because he is “not motivated to play another match”. He is now targeting a 2,900 rating in Chennai.

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