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The social aspect                Chess

Chess was known to be a game of the noblemen in the past. There are countless tales of how feudal lords used to play chess as a pastime. Many of them were chess addicts having little interest in any other pursuit in life. The problem perhaps became all the more acute during the declining years of any dynasty, as is shown in Satyajit Ray's famous movie "Satranj Ki Khiladi". It is a vivid account of the rulers of Oudh being doomed to passivity, when the British invaders were conquering one native state after another. The members of the royal family were totally engrossed in sports and entertainment when the very existence of the state was threatened. Chess, unfortunately, was one of their favourite things.

Such episodes were bound to give a wrong impression about the game itself. But one must not forget that many luminaries in the fields of art, literature, and mathematics were chess enthusiasts. It is a wonderful game and it should not be blamed if it attracts all and sundry, including the much maligned nobility.

The impact of the notion that chess is an idler's game was indeed great. In the past, parents did not like the idea of their children becoming chess players. Fortunately, the situation has changed in Bangladesh. The success of our players in the international arena perhaps helped a lot to transform chess into a socially well accepted game. Today children attend coaching classes organised by the Chess Federation and some of the parents are ready to invest both time and money for chess. Small wonder, we have a fine crop of young players ready to propel themselves into the international field.

Credit really goes to our chess organisers. Dr. Qazi Motahar Hossain was the first president of the Bangladesh Chess Federation formed in the mid seventies. So the federation had a good start as it had an academician of Dr. QM Hossain's stature as its first president. Since then the federation has undertaken many programmes to promote the game in the country.

Let us watch an old game today. It will take you back to the days when chess was not a plebeian's pastime.

White-Adolf Anderssen
Black-Louis Paulsen [C65]
London 1862

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 d6 5.Bxc6+ bxc6 6.h3 g6 7.Nc3 Bg7 8.00 00 9.Ne2 c5 10.Ng3 Bb7 11.Re1 Nd7 12.Rb1 f5 13.b4 fxe4 14.dxe4 cxb4 15.Rxb4 Nb6 16.Rb3 Qe7 17.a4 a5 18.Be3 Ra6 19.Qe2 Bc8 20.Reb1 Qd8 21.Ng5 Qe7 22.Nf3 Qd8 23.h4 Kh8 24.Ra3 Ra8 25.h5 Ba6 26.Qe1 Nc4 27.Rab3 Qd7 28.hxg6 hxg6 29.Bg5 Qxa4 30.Nh4 Qe8 31.Nf1 a4 32.Rh3 Kg8 33.Rg3 a3 34.Ra1 Bf6 35.Nxg6 Bxg5 36.Nxf8 Kxf8 37.Rxg5 Ke7 38.Ne3 Kd7 39.Rg3 c6 40.Nxc4 Bxc4 41.Qc3 d5 42.Rxa3 1-0


Position after 20.Reb1


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