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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

KING ON THE WRONG SQUARE AND OTHER CHESS MISREPRESENTATIONS

You have all seen it somewhere, a board in a book with the king on the wrong square or a board with the left square being a light square and many more. But if you thought this was stuff of only third rate publishing houses, you are in for a surprise. Even at the top level things sometimes go awfully wrong.


When i first learned how to play chess, we had arguments about how the board should be arranged and the positioning of the king and the queen. The general confusion arose due to the diagrammatic representation on the chess sets outer cover. Some of us took the diagrams to be a point of reference for we did not have another way of confirming. It took us quite a while to realize what was correct. Chess representation in non chess media has always been wrong. Presented here are the collectors collection of this theme.



At the top most level things are not always correct. During the Kramnik - Leko match in 2004 the creators of the logo placed the king in the wrong square. Whatever happened is truly amazing i cant think of anything to equate it to.



But the above error is not confined to 2004 only. During the 1962 candidate matches, the poster was used. This is truly frightening. The board is not properly set, black pieces are on the bottom and the left square is white! Absolutely amazing stuff from chess organizers.




Chess publishers often get things wrong as seen above. But the picture in the bottom book is so terrifying i wonder if its from a chess game. I cant figure out who is black and who is white.



But horrors never cease. In this apocalyptic heading from 1997 inside chess, IBM's deep blue had defeated Kasparov but the all smiling Dr CJ Tan the non playing captain of the IBM team is seating next to a board with the king in the wrong square. I wonder maybe the computer interface for the game was similar.



But we end in a lighter note, whatever those guys are saying is the story for another day but they have what looks like a chess clock or is it?


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18 comments:

Paul said...

Nice post. I recently did a post on my blog thepHtest.com about another incorrect board: http://paulhoffman.wordpress.com/2007/09/07/the-yin-of-the-nerd-in-lockstep-with-the-yang-of-the-jock/

JIM said...

Thanks paul, hollywood has always got chess wrong but if chess at the top level cant get it right who can?

amir shah said...

Great post, one that made my day

Edwin Korir said...

Really interesting stuff. Paul Hoffman has more on his blog. The link appears on his comment above.

Walter said...

really nice post.

patrick oyondi said...

If chess publishers can get it wrong, who else will not!

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