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Learning concentration through playing chess

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Jonathan Rowson, the co-founder and director of Perspectiva, a research institute in London, and the author of The Moves that Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life (2019), writes in Aeon:

Arriving at the chess board is like entering an eagerly anticipated party. All my old friends are there: the royal couple, their associates, the reassuringly straight lines of noble infantry. I adjust them, ensuring that they are optimally located in the centre of their starting squares, an anxious fidgeting and tactile caress. I know these pieces, and care about them. They are my responsibility. And I’m grateful to my opponent for obliging me to treat them well on pain of death.

In many ways, I owe chess everything. Since the age of five, the game has been a source of friendship, refuge and growth, and I have been a grandmaster for 20 years. The lifelong title is the highest awarded to chess players, and it is based on achieving three qualifying norms in international events that are often peak performances, combined with an international rating reflecting a consistently high level of play – all validated by FIDE, the world chess federation. There are about 1,500 grandmasters in the world. At my peak, I was just outside the world top 100, and I feel some gentle regret at not climbing even higher, but I knew there were limits. Even in the absence of a plan A for my life, chess always felt like plan B, mostly because I couldn’t imagine surrendering myself to competitive ambition. I have not trained or played with serious professional intent for more than a decade, and while my mind remains charmed by the game, my soul feels free of it.

In recent years, I have worked in academic and public policy contexts, attempting to integrate our understanding of complex societal challenges with our inner lives, while also looking after my two sons. I miss many things about not being an active player. I miss the feeling of strength, power and dignity that comes with making good decisions under pressure. I miss the clarity of purpose experienced at each moment of each game, the lucky escapes from defeat, and the thrill of the chase towards victory. But, most of all, I miss the experience of concentration.

I can still concentrate, of course, but not with the same reliability and intensity that a life of professional chess affords. In fact, from a distance, chess looks to me suspiciously like a socially permissible pretext to concentrate for several hours at a time. In The Island from the Day Before (1994), Umberto Eco composes a love letter that includes the line: ‘[O]nly in your prison does [my heart] enjoy the most sublime of freedoms’ – that could be said of chess, too, and the experience of concentration is what makes it possible. I believe concentration is a defining feature of a fulfilling life, a necessary habit of mind for a viable civilisation, and that chess can teach us more about what concentration really means.

Any skilled endeavour entails concentration, but chess is unusual in requiring that we concentrate not for a few minutes at a time, but for several hours at a time, within tournaments, for days at a time, and within careers, for years at a time. Concentration is the sine qua non of the chess experience.

In chess, concentration usually unfolds in quick succession through perceiving, desiring and searching. But it’s recursive, so I often find something I didn’t expect in a way that leads me to see my position differently and want something else from it. My perception is pre-patterned through years of experience, so I don’t see one square or piece at a time. Instead, I see the whole position as a situation featuring relationships between pieces in familiar strategic contexts; a castled king, a fianchettoed bishop, a misplaced knight, an isolated pawn; it’s a kind of conceptual grammar. The meaning of the position is embedded in those patterns, partly revealed and partly concealed, and my search to do the right thing feels fundamentally aesthetic in nature.

I could describe the feeling as a kind of evaluative hunting  not so much for a particular target, but for trails of ideas that look right and feel right. I am drawn towards some transfigurations of the patterns that make me look deeper, and repelled by others. Good moves have the qualities of truth and beauty. They are discoveries of how things are, and should be.

However, chess invites me to deepen my concentration a few centimetres away from another being who is also trying to concentrate; someone I can smell, sense moving, and hear breathing. I often know, even like, these people, but they loom within my psyche in a relatively impersonal sense – a familiar energy, not friends as such. I sometimes think of chess opponents as psychopathic flatmates with whom I have to share a living space. They look harmless, but I know we signed the same contract that says they need to try to get inside my room, steal my possessions and hunt me down, before killing me; naturally, I am obliged to do the same to them. Together we create a story, and narrative themes such as attack and defence are both reduced and reified into particular moves with particular pieces on particular squares, which we record like stenographers, into our own arcana of algebraic notation. The climax of a game’s story might be ‘Brutal counter-attack!’ but the record merely reflects the logical power of a short sequence of moves, for instance: ‘…34. Bf3 Nh3+ 35.Kh1 Qg4!! Resigns.’

The forces on the board are always . . .

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27 December 2020 at 7:32 am

Posted in Chess, Daily life, Fitness, Games

10 fun chess games for beginners to enjoy

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13 December 2020 at 6:41 am

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If you liked “The Queen’s Gambit,” then watch “Searching for Bobby Fischer”

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The movie (from 1993) is on Netflix and is based on the true story of Joshua Waitzkin. It’s a feel-good movie with an amazing cast: Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne, David Paymer, William H. Macy, Dan Hedaya, Laura Linney, Tony Shalhoub. No drug use in this one.

It’s listed now with the title “Innocent Moves,” but you can search for it under that title or the original and find it. (Netflix no longer enables direct links to titles.)

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13 December 2020 at 4:51 am

Posted in Chess, Movies & TV

Learn How to Play Chess Online: Free Chess Lessons for Beginners, Intermediate Players & Beyond

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When I first learned to play chess I knew no chessplayers, so I tried to figure it out with the instructions that came with the little plastic set I received. I only knew checkers, and from that got the (mistaken) idea that knights captured pieces by jumping over them (rather than as they do: by landing on them).

Nowadays the resources available are manifold. For those who already know the game, I have at the right a link to a excellent on-line book providing instruction in tactics: Predator at the Chessboard. But that assumes you know the game and have some experience in playing it. What if you have never played?

Open Culture has an excellent round-up of free on-line resources available to those who want to learn the game from scratch. And I’ll note that there are many opportunities to play on-line so that your opponent need not be physically present or even close.

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1 December 2020 at 10:24 am

Ward Farnsworth’s “Predator at the Chessboard: A Field Guide to Chess Tactics” — very good and totally free

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With the (excellent) Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit,” based on the novel by Walter Tevis (who also wrote The Hustler, The Color of Money, and The Man Who Fell to Earth), being popular and with pandemic isolation, chess is enjoying a resurgence of popularity, particularly since (like Go) online play is easy to find.

Ward Farnsworth has made his guide to tactics freely available. He writes:

Chess tactics explained.

This site teaches chess in words. It has two parts.

1. The first part is a book that explains chess tactics (that is, how to make winning moves). It assumes no prior knowledge of the subject. Everything is explained progressively and in plain English. You can read it by clicking anyplace in the table of contents below. The headings can be expanded one at a time by clicking on the [+] signs, or click here to expand all of them at once. (And then you can click here to collapse them all at once.) There are 20 chapters, about 200 topics within them, and over 1,000 positions discussed.

2. The second part is a trainer: a set of puzzles shown without solutions that you can use to practice. Click here  to use it. You can try a random position from the book or one that involves a particular topic. The trainer allows you to ask for a hint if you’re stuck, and to see the answer when you are done.

You can always come back here by clicking the “contents” button in the upper right corner of every page. If you arrived by a different route, the best address for returning is http://www.chesstactics.org. This whole site has now been made much friendlier for mobile devices thanks to the help of a kind and ingenious reader.

Book versions of this site are available: over 700 pages in total in a two-volume set. Here are links to book one and book two. You can check out other books by the author about philosophy here, language here, metaphor here, and law here and here.

1.Introductory Matters.
[+]1.1.A Short Guide to the Site.
[+]1.2.Rationale for the Project.
[+]1.3.The Elements of Tactics: A Primer.
[+]1.4.Notation; Jargon; the Look of the Site; Hard Copies.
[+]1.5.Acknowledgments and Bibliography.
[+]1.6.Chess in Literature.

2.The Double Attack.
[+]2.1.The Knight Fork.
[+]2.2.The Queen Fork.
[+]2.3.The Bishop Fork.
[+]2.4.The Rook Fork.
[+]2.5.The Pawn Fork.

3.The Discovered Attack.
[+]3.1.Bishop Discoveries.
[+]3.2.Rook Discoveries.
[+]3.3.Knight Discoveries.
[+]3.4.Pawn Discoveries.

4.The Pin and the Skewer.
[+]4.1.Arranging a Pin.
[+]4.2.Exploiting a Pin.
[+]4.3.Other Patterns and Applications.
[+]4.4.The Relative Pin.
[+]4.5.The Skewer.

5.Removing the Guard.
[+]5.1.Capturing the Guard.
[+]5.2.Distracting the Guard (The Overworked Piece).
[+]5.3.Attacking the Guard.
[+]5.4.Blocking the Guard (Interference).

6.Mating Patterns.
[+]6.1.The Back Rank Mate.
[+]6.2.Other Classic Mating Ideas.

At the link, the TOC shown above consists of links to the pages of the book. Clicking a [+] displays the relevant pages for the heading. For example, clicking the [+] for “5.3 Attacking the Guard” displays:

5.3.1.Introduction.
5.3.2.Checks to Drive the King Away from Guard Duty.
5.3.3.Flush Checks (the Decoy).
5.3.4.Decoys on the Diagonal: Bishop Check Sacrifices.
5.3.5.Driving Off the Queen with a Threat.
5.3.6.Using the Priority of Check.
5.3.7.Attacks on the Queen to Loosen a Mating Square.
5.3.8.Flush Attacks Against the Queen.
5.3.9.Threats Against Rooks and Minor Pieces.
5.3.10.Forking the Guard and Another Piece.
5.3.11.Using Pawns to Threaten the Guard.

Each of those is also a link to the study page.

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27 November 2020 at 9:47 am

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Good example of a Plachutta in the wild

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A Plachutta is most often encountered in a problem, but here it occurs in a (famous) game:

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24 November 2020 at 10:45 am

Posted in Chess, Games

The peril of pursuing perfection

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I have written about the difficulty faced by adult beginners in playing piano: they are hyperconscious of the mistakes they make, and they don’t want to play until they can play without making such mistakes. But studying our mistakes is how we learn.

I just came across this story from Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland:

The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pounds of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”. Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

Update: Cf. Linus Pauling: “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”

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16 November 2020 at 3:42 pm

How to get good at chess

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Stephen Moss, author of The Rookie: An Odyssey through Chess (and Life), writes in the Guardian:

The first thing to say about chess is that we are not all natural geniuses like Beth Harmon, the star of The Queen’s Gambit, who is taught the game by grumpy but lovable janitor Mr Shaibel at the age of nine and is very soon beating him.

The daughter of a maths PhD, she sees the patterns and movement in chess immediately, can visualise effortlessly – being able to memorise moves and play without a board is the sign of chess mastery – and sees whole games on the ceiling of her orphanage dormitory. She is a prodigy, just like world champion Bobby Fischer, on whom Walter Tevis based the novel from which the TV series is drawn. We are mere mortals. So how do we get good?

  • First, by loving chess. “You can only get good at chess if you love the game,” Fischer said. You need to be endlessly fascinated by it and see its infinite potential. Be willing to embrace the complexity; enjoy the adventure. Every game should be an education and teach us something. Losing doesn’t matter. Garry Kasparov, another former world champion, likes to say you learn far more from your defeats than your victories. Eventually you will start winning, but there will be a lot of losses on the way. Play people who are better than you, and be prepared to lose. Then you will learn.
  • If you are a beginner, don’t feel the need to set out all the pieces at once. Start with the pawns, and then add the pieces. Understand the potential of each piece – the way a pair of bishops can dominate the board, how the rooks can sweep up pawns in an endgame, why the queen and a knight can work together so harmoniously. Find a good teacher – your own Mr Shaibel, but without the communication issues.
  • Once you have established the basics, start using computers and online resources to play and to help you analyse games. lichess.orgchess.com and chess24.com are great sites for playing and learning. chessbomb.com is a brilliant resource for watching top tournaments. chessgames.com is a wonderful database of games. chesspuzzle.net is a great practice program. decodechess.com attempts to explain chess moves in layperson’s language. There are also plenty of sophisticated, all-purpose programs, usually called chess engines, such as Fritz and HIARCs that, for around £50, help you deconstruct your games and take you deeply into positions. But don’t let the computer do all the work. You need to engage your own brain on the analysis. And don’t endlessly play against the computer. Find human opponents, either online or, when the pandemic is over, in person.
  • Study the games of great masters of the past. Find a player you like and follow their careers. Fischer is a great starting point – his play is clear and comprehensible, and beautifully described in his famous book My 60 Memorable Games. Morphy (Harmon’s favourite), Alekhine, Capablanca, Tal, Korchnoi and Shirov are other legendary figures with whom the aspiring player might identify. They also have fascinating life stories, and chess is about hot human emotions as well as cold calculation. Modern grandmaster chess, which is based heavily on a deep knowledge of opening theory, is more abstruse and may be best avoided until you have acquired deep expertise. The current crop of leading grandmasters are also, if we are brutally honest, a bit lacking in personality compared with the giants of the past.
  • Children will often find . . .

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15 November 2020 at 11:39 am

Posted in Chess, Games

Elizabeth Harmon v. Harry Beltnik with commentary.

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I’ve been enjoying The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, a limited series based on a Walter Tevis novel of the same name. (Tevis also wrote The Hustler and The Color of Money, about “Fast Eddie” Felson (made into movies), and The Man Who Fell to Earth (also made into a movie).)

This game occurs early in the series, in Elizabeth Harmon’s first tournament in her home town in Kentucky. She enters as an unrated player. The YouTube chess commentaries by agadmator are all excellent. Below he comments on this game and also provides a link to the original, played in 1955, so in keeping with the era of the series.

A Vulture article explains why the chess in the series is so good. From the article:

Two key figures in putting together those sequences were Bruce Pandolfini, a longtime chess author and coach who also consulted on the original novel, and Michelle Tesoro, The Queen’s Gambit’s editor, who also worked with Frank on Godless. The two of them talked to Vulture about mapping out the series’ many chess matches, finding innovative ways to cut them together, and the useful advice they got from grandmaster Garry Kasparov.

If you’ve watched the series, that article is very interesting. And see also this Vulture article on the series.

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30 October 2020 at 11:24 am

Posted in Chess, Games, Movies & TV

Chess on the iPhone

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There’s a chess app for the iPhone, called simply “Chess,” by Vintolo Ltd. At the highest level, it’s a sucker for the Evans Gambit. I don’t always win with that opening (me playing white), but about 80% of the time I do.

I’m just sayin’.

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20 October 2020 at 8:03 pm

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Nice game of me (white) against SparkChess

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9 October 2020 at 7:44 pm

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Cool chess win by Paul Morphy

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29 August 2020 at 9:43 am

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Cool Alekhine game with 5 Queens on the board

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7 August 2020 at 9:55 am

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Very cool chess problem

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4 August 2020 at 7:45 pm

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Cool game: King’s Gambit Accepted

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24 July 2020 at 8:22 pm

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Chess videos: two interesting forced mating sequences

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The first is from 1963, against a computer:

The second is from 1858 and is quite an attacking game — and demonstrates Paul Morphy’s genius.

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21 July 2020 at 10:14 am

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Coarse-brush week, and today is Leviathan and the Baili 171

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Yesterday I used my Omega 20102 and today you see the Omega Mighty Midget, a mix of boar and badger. I do wet the knot and let the brush sit while I shower to soften the boar bristles. A reader commented on his fondness for horsehair, and those brushes too have a pleasantly coarse feel on the face — not rough, but with a perceptible grain. So I thought II’d go through some of the coarser brushes in my collection for a pleasant change of pace.

The Mighty Midget, though, really doesn’t feel all that coarse. The badger smooths it out quite a bit. It did make a mighty fine lather from one of my favorite soaps, this one from Barrister & Mann.

The Baili 171 is a remarkable razor: $6 at the link (and I have no affiliation with the company — I’m just a customer), and it shaves like a dream. It’s so comfortable it doesn’t feel as though it’s doing much, but the result today is as smooth as one could want. I also like the looks and feel in the hand. It’s somewhat unusual in that it secures blade alignment through corner brackets instead of the usual studs from the cap (or baseplate). Works like a charm.

A good splash of Leviathan aftershave — I love the fragrance — and I’m set for the day, which will include some afternoon chess. I downloaded a free (and quite nice) chess-clock app for my iPhone, one provided by Chess.com. I recommend it if you play any two-person strategy games (chess, Go, checkers, or the like) since it ensures that the games move along, plus it’s easy to give (or receive) a time handicap — e.g., the stronger player gets 10 minutes and the weaker player gets 20. It’s not so cut and dried as that seems, since obviously the strong player will be thinking while the weaker player’s clock runs, but it can help — particularly if the division is 5 minutes vs. 25 minutes.

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30 June 2020 at 10:33 am

Posted in Chess, Games, Shaving, Software

Algorithm-governed interactions are often convenient, sometimes enraging, and occasionally dangerous

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Here’s an example of the enraging sort. The comments on YouTube for this video are interesting:

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29 June 2020 at 9:33 am

From homeless refugee to chess prodigy, 9-year-old dreams of becoming youngest grandmaster

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Aishwarya Kuma reports at ESPN:

IT’S 9 P.M., and 8-year-old Tani Adewumi is wired, like he’d just swallowed a bag of sugar. He had played chess all day, but he wanted to play more, at least until midnight. The first day of the 2019 New York State Scholastic Chess Championship had just ended, and he finished with three wins in as many matches, surprising a former champion and two other seeded players. He was heading into Day 2 — the final day of the tournament — in the lead, and he wanted to keep up the momentum when he returned to the huge Airbnb he was sharing with his family, his coach and a few other coaches in Saratoga Springs.

“If you want to win tomorrow, you better get your butt to sleep like the rest of the champions are right now,” his coach, Shawn Martinez, told him. And so, reluctantly, Tani went to bed, and as soon as he closed his eyes, he fell asleep. Already in his young life, Tani had spent nights in fear — fear for his own life, fear for the lives of his parents. Nerves over a chess match weren’t about to cause a single lost z.

The next day, Tani won his fourth match, no sweat. In the semifinal, Tani did something unorthodox: He purposely sacrificed his bishop for a pawn.

Why did you do that? Martinez wondered. I wouldn’t have made such a risky move.

It appeared to be a blunder, but Tani knew exactly what he was doing. He remembered studying a 19th-century chess game played by the legendary Paul Morphy, and he knew if he could bait his opponent into taking his bishop, he could win the game.

His opponent gave him a wry smile as he realized — too late — why Tani had made that move, the one that would send him to the championship match with a perfect record.

Incredulous, Martinez plugged all of the moves up until the sacrifice of the bishop into an automated chess program on his laptop. After the match, he showed the results to Tani: The strongest move Tani could have made at that point was to sacrifice his bishop. It was aggressive, bold and brave. It was a move most chess players wouldn’t even consider.

But Tani is no ordinary chess player. And his journey isn’t ordinary, either. Fifteen months earlier, his family had settled into a New York City homeless shelter after fleeing Nigeria. Thirteen months earlier, he couldn’t tell a rook from a pawn. That March day, after drawing in the final, he was crowned a state champion. They didn’t know it then, but Tani’s 8-year-old brain and its ability to think 20 moves ahead on an 8-by-8 chessboard were about to change the Adewumis’ lives forever.

“That moment was everything,” Martinez says. “I knew then he was meant for greatness.”

ON A DREARY December 2016 afternoon, Tani’s father, Kayode Adewumi, sat in his dining room chair in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, with his palms on his head, staring at his computer. A poster with the words “No to Western education” and “Kill all Christians” screamed at him from the screen. But what was more terrifying was the logo that accompanied the words — a logo he could recognize in his sleep. It was Boko Haram.

Four men had come into his printing shop earlier that afternoon and, after handing him a thumb drive, asked him to print 25,000 copies of the poster saved on the drive. Kayode didn’t think much about it until this moment, back in his house, with his wife, Oluwatoyin, looking at him, her eyes narrowed and worry smeared across her forehead.

Accepting the business meant he had to work for Boko Haram, a terrorist organization, and that, as a Christian, and a human being, he couldn’t bring himself to do. But refusing essentially meant a death sentence for him and his family, especially now that he’s seen what the poster says and can identify the four men.

He could hear Tani, 6, and his older brother, Austin, playing with friends out in the front yard, arguing about who gets to kick the soccer ball, and a fresh wave of fear went through his body.

What are we going to do? Where are we going to go?

Even before that threat, the Adewumis noticed their country changing under the attack of Boko Haram. Ever since the 2014 abduction of 276 girls from a northern Nigerian high school, Boko Haram’s attacks on civilians had only increased. In 2015, a bomb blast occurred so close to Oluwatoyin’s office that she could feel the heat as security escorted her out of her office. The day before the Boko Haram men came into Kayode’s print shop, Tani and Austin had come home from school early — they were evacuated after Boko Haram sent a message threatening another attack on a school in Abuja. Tani had peppered his parents with questions. “Why were we let off early?” “Who is Boko Haram?” “What is religious extremism?” All the while, his parents were able to shield him. They didn’t know how much longer they could keep doing that.

Kayode came up with a plan. When the men come for their posters the next day, he’ll tell them he couldn’t do the job because his printing press had broken the previous evening. He’ll then hand them the flash drive and tell them he hadn’t looked at it because he hadn’t needed to. Clean lie. He prayed they’d bite and leave his family alone.

They didn’t believe him. A week later, when only Oluwatoyin was home and the children were asleep, they showed up at the Adewumis’ house looking for Kayode’s laptop. They assumed Kayode had seen the poster and saved it to use against them. Let’s use Oluwatoyin to send Kayode a message, Oluwatoyin heard them whisper to each other in Arabic.

What they didn’t know was this: Oluwatoyin was raised Muslim and spoke Arabic growing up. When she heard this, she knew they were going to kill her or rape her. So she did the one thing she could still do: She knelt and began to pray. Atuasal iilayk — I’m begging you. She said the Arabic phrase over and over. “Are you a Muslim?” they asked her. “Yes,” she whispered, as tears fell down her cheeks. Silence followed her response. They looked at each other, and without saying another word, they exited the house.

A few weeks later, Kayode asked Oluwatoyin to pack a small bag of necessities. Without informing anybody, the family moved to Akure in rural Nigeria, to a house with a tall fence. They hid there, using their savings to get by, hoping Boko Haram would lose track of them so they could eventually go back to living a normal life in that small town.

A few months into their life in Akure, when they were getting ready to go to bed, they heard a noise — like somebody was shaking their fence. Boko Haram, they realized, had found them. “You’ve been escaping us for far too long, but we know you are inside, and we know that today you will go to heaven,” they heard the group of men yelling from outside. Kayode asked Oluwatoyin to go to their kids’ bedroom and pray hard, because nothing short of a miracle could save them now.

Kayode knew it would take a while for them to knock down the fence, but a back door attached to the fence led directly to the kitchen. If they found the back door, they’d get inside within minutes. He came up with a plan: He would push open the kitchen door and announce himself. They’d follow him and leave his family alone. It worked — even if by accident. When they heard him, Kayode believes they mistook him for the police and yelled, “It’s the police, let’s go,” and jumped into a car and fled. Kayode stayed outside the kitchen door all night, waiting to see whether they’d come back.

As daylight broke, Kayode wearily walked back into the house to find Oluwatoyin calling him frantically. The kids, who were asleep before, were now awake, fear etched on their faces.

Their faces confirmed the one thing he’d been thinking over and over in his head. They had to leave the country for good — and they had to do it now. . .

Continue reading. There’s much more.

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23 May 2020 at 4:57 pm

Posted in Chess, Daily life, Games

The magic of chess

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6 February 2020 at 4:53 pm

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