The poetry of chess | Vladimir Nabokov, 1970

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Nabokov playing chess
Nabokov playing chess

Why are you including the chess problems with the poems?

Because problems are the poetry of chess. They demand from the composer the same virtues that characterize all worthwhile art: originality, invention, harmony, conciseness, complexity, and splendid insincerity.

Vladimir Nabokov, 1970
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2 thoughts on “The poetry of chess | Vladimir Nabokov, 1970

  1. A win by an unsound combination, however showy,
    fills me with artistic horror
    -Wilhelm Steinitz

    Life is like a game of Chess, changing with each move
    -Chinese proverb

    Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine
    -Spielmann

    Chess is really ninety nine percent calculation
    -Soltis

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