SEXty four squares

The Oepidus Complex, narcissism, a battle of masculinities – is all of this about chess?

Text: Oksana Rumyantseva

The clocks insist its August. The weather is no longer breaking Olympic records and an air conditioner has long since ceased to be your best friend and companion. Everything's returning to normal - even posts on Facebook have become regular again, and football's on the agenda. I've always been amazed at what forces people, regardless of rain, snow or a heat wave, to chase a leather ball around a restricted space? Perhaps it's pleasant company, maintaining your physical shape... or sublimation? I recently came across a remarkable article about football and its subtexts. Naturally, I took a lively interest in the comparison between football and chess:

Chess and fashion…

I’ve always loved haikus. Mainly, perhaps, for their brevity and concision: that ability to make every word matter. A magical reticence, a wizardry of simple words. It’s as if you’re offered a thought in a plainly packaged bottle, and it’s up to you to dilute it, almost like Yupi’s famous catchphrase: “Just add water!”

King's game in Queer Street?

 

On October 16th, 2010, in the city of Malaga, Spain, there was held the 1st Gay Chess Open Championship (those who don’t hide their names). The first prize amounted to 1,500 EUR. 81 chess players took part in that tournament won by Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos (07.08.1985, Spain). The second place was taken by Rivas Pastor Manuel (13.07.1960, Spain) and the file of three gay leaders is closed by Munoz Pantoja Miguel (10.10.1975, Peru). The lineup is pretty imposing even for the first time. We’re waiting for continuation…

King's game in Queer Street?

 

On October 16th, 2010, in the city of Malaga, Spain, there was held the 1st Gay Chess Open Championship (those who don’t hide their names). The first prize amounted to 1,500 EUR. 81 chess players took part in that tournament won by Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos (07.08.1985, Spain). The second place was taken by Rivas Pastor Manuel (13.07.1960, Spain) and the file of three gay leaders is closed by Munoz Pantoja Miguel (10.10.1975, Peru). The lineup is pretty imposing even for the first time. We’re waiting for continuation…

King's game in Queer Street?

On October 16th, 2010, in the city of Malaga, Spain, there was held the 1st Gay Chess Open Championship (those who don’t hide their names). The first prize amounted to 1,500 EUR. 81 chess players took part in that tournament won by Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos (07.08.1985, Spain). The second place was taken by Rivas Pastor Manuel (13.07.1960, Spain) and the file of three gay leaders is closed by Munoz Pantoja Miguel (10.10.1975, Peru). The lineup is pretty imposing even for the first time. We’re waiting for continuation…

Why is there no sex in chess?

It’s incredibly difficult topic. Mental efforts resulted in a headache but the idea about how to begin the discourse starting out from the meaningful phrase "Why is there no sex in chess?" had never come to my mind. I decided to lay down my cards right away and say the truth: there will be neither beautiful preface nor virtuosic exercices. The whole idea is diabolically simple and with the declarative intonation: there is no sex in chess. Sometimes it seems to me the word combination “chess and sex” is a striking example of oxymoron – a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction. But why is it so?