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Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe
I learned to play chess when I was 12 years old. I was at school, it was lunchtime and the rain was driving down outside making football impossible. I decided to check out (pun intended) the nerds in the chess club. It was going to be boring but there was nothing else to do.
I opened the door...
And so it was that I opened a new door to the rest of my life.
John Lenton was the wonderful man who gave of his lunchtimes to run the chess club.
I loved the game, eagerly reading whatever literature was available including my first book CHESS, revised edition by R.F Green. I was captivated by the introduction, some of which said ‘The game of chess has, of late years, become so popular among all the classes in this country, that any statement of its attractions is almost superfluous. It has been for centuries the favourite recreation of the greatest minds; it has emancipated itself from every social restriction and surmounted every national custom and prejudice. Who in view of these facts, making the slightest claim to culture, can afford to neglect it?’
Wonderful prose, more stirring than much of the dreary stuff on the school curriculum at the time.
‘At the end of the day the kings and pawns go back in the same box’.