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Interesting viewpoint. Reminds me of a Carlsen quote that used to be (is it still there?) on the walls of Wijk aan Zee playing hall:
"Some people think that if their opponent plays a beautiful game, it's okay to lose. I don't. You have to be merciless."
I play against pieces. (Svetozar Gligorić)
Is chess evil?
I think chess is just a game, but people who play this game have different mind-sets.
For people who play chess to earn their living, chess is just a competition, and not an ART.
Probably for majority of them, at professional level, chess is 1st degree murder!
It’s chess pieces, not a man I play against! Svetozar Gligoric
Svetozar Gligoric was one of the top players in the world and one of the World’s most prominent, owing to his particularly engaging personality.
At the chessboard, Gligoric was an uncompromising fighter and at the same time a symbol of gentlemanhood and correctness.
Last year, at the first quarter Presidential Board meeting, FIDE decided to establish a fair play award named after Svetozar Gligoric.
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Gave Be Boost Up To Be Evil!
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