23rd Apr 2019

CIPC #116: Kelly, The plateau of chess

Unless you are a connoisseur of the graphic arts, the name Leon Kelly probably doesn’t mean much to you, so a short biographic note seems in order. Kelly was a...

16th Apr 2019

CIPC #115: The Addams family

The Addams family is the story of an old noble family with an enormous fortune, a slight supernatural touch, and a distinct taste for the macabre. It started as a...

09th Apr 2019

CIPC #114: At land

At land is not as well-known as the movies I usually feature in this series, so maybe some explanation is in order. It is a silent American short film from...

02nd Apr 2019

CIPC #113: 7up commercial

It is relatively common to see chess in commercials, but it’s very rare indeed to see correspondence chess make an appearance. And the last place I would expect it, is...

26th Mar 2019

CIPC #112: Civilization IV

Chess is, of course, the greatest strategy game in the world; I don’t think the readers of this blog need to be convinced of that. For a few centuries, there...

19th Mar 2019

CIPC #111: The smurfs, Vol.11: The Olympic Smurfs

In the more than two years I have been discussing chess in popular culture on this blog, I have seen the most horrible atrocities being committed against the noble game...

12th Mar 2019

CIPC #110: Hummel, Schachpartie im Palais Voss, Berlin

Originally, this was planned to be a sequel to last week’s post. I was going to dissect another slightly less obscure 19th century German painting. I had an even lower...

05th Mar 2019

CIPC #109: Haaga, Schachstilleben

Suppose, just for the sake of argument, that you end up in Hannover. Assume, still completely hypothetically, that you have strolled through the Herrenhäuser Gärten and around the Maschsee, that...

26th Feb 2019

CIPC #108: Toyota Tacoma commercial

Having a contest with the grim reaper with one’s life at stake is a very old trope. Older than chess, in fact. But in medieval times, as the game became...

19th Feb 2019

CIPC #107: The big bang theory, S5 E18: The werewolf transformation

If you’ve been living under a rock for half your life, you are probably an invertebrate. Also, you might not know about The big bang theory.1 It is a TV-series...

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