So the duke had more than enough to think about; accordingly he fared at chess
as he had fared at tennis; he made blunder upon blunder and the officer with whom he played found him easy game.
Whist has long been noted for its influence upon what is termed the calculating power; and men of the highest order of intellect have been known to take an apparently unaccountable delight in it, while eschewing chess
Especially it is a sport to see, when a bold fellow is out of countenance; for that puts his face into a most shrunken, and wooden posture; as needs it must; for in bashfulness, the spirits do a little go and come; but with bold men, upon like occasion, they stand at a stay; like a stale at chess
, where it is no mate, but yet the game cannot stir.
But he's just the sort of silent, sensible little devil who might be very good at anything; the sort of man you know for years before you find he's a chess
It was the vacation and few students he knew were in London, but he found one or two people to talk to, he played a game of chess
, and so wore out the tedious hours.
The hochgeboren Graf von Winterfeld was also a light sleeper that night, but then he was one of these people who sleep little and play chess
problems in their heads to while away the time--and that night he had a particularly difficult problem to solve.
But even that did not enliven him: it seemed slow somehow; so he gave chess
up and tried to read.
SHEA had just beaten me at chess
, as usual, and, also as usual, I had gleaned what questionable satisfaction I might by twitting him with this indication of failing mentality by calling his attention to the nth time to that theory, propounded by certain scientists, which is based upon the assertion that phenomenal chess
players are always found to be from the ranks of children under twelve, adults over seventy-two or the mentally defective--a theory that is lightly ignored upon those rare occasions that I win.
For example, while still at College he noticed in himself an awkwardness in French conversation, and contrived to master French till he spoke it as well as Russian, and then he took up chess
and became an excellent player.
I knew little of chess
, but as only a few pieces were on the board it was obvious that the game was near its close.
Between my janitor-work, my studies, and innocent amusements such as chess
, I hadn't a moment to spare.
Naisi and Deirdre were seated together one day, and between them Conor's chess
board, they playing upon it.