Archive | 2014
Aaron was very excited to give a talk to Dr. Jason Boyd’s “Narrative in a Digital Age” on August 16th centered around the ChessBard. The talk itself contextualized the piece within past computer-writing projects and conceptual poetry before opening up the ChessBard to the students. It is deeply exciting then that a tournament was held and the results of which will be published shortly. Thanks to all the students who participated!
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There is a minimalist variational elegance in the shapes of the pieces. In the simple binary pairs of white/black, light/shadow, win/lose. In the alternating turns. In the endless ontological or metaphysical narrative variation of beginning/ending. Life/death. In the relation of the pieces to the real world (castle, rook, knight, bishop, queen.) To dance, war, strategic intrigue, molecules, literature, music. A two-tone slow-motion soccer of the mind. How much is chess in the physical world and how much of it is in the imagination? Its richly unfolding patterns of play. The universe of chess unfolds on the universe/page/world/map/dimensionality of the chessboard.
When I think of chess, I can’t help thinking of Marcel Duchamp, Machiavelli, Heisenberg, Wittgenstein. Sherlock Holmes. Lao Tzu.
Check out the full page to see the poems he generated and the writing he’s done in response!
As we get ever closer to polishing the site and getting online, we encourage you to keep checking back for special guest writers and adjustments/improvements to both the Chessbard translator and the playable version of the Chesssbard.
With substantial interest in version one of the ChessBard engine, a more complex version two is underway that will use templating and language databases to generate a wide variety of poems for a given chess game. Here is a simplified working schematic of the v2 system:
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- Adolf Anderssen vs Jean Dufresne (Berlin (1852))
- Adolf Anderssen vs Lionel Adalbert Bagration Felix Kieseritsky (London (1851))
- Deep Thought vs Garry Kasparov
- Donald Byrne vs Robert James Fischer
- Dr. Tyrell vs Sebastian: From Blade Runner
- Frank Poole vs HAL-9000
- Garry Kasparov vs Deep Blue
- Garry Kasparov vs The World (1999)
- Gioachino Greco vs NN (Rome (1619)): “The Earliest Recorded Chess Game”
- Moriarty vs Holmes: From A Game of Shadows
- Murphy (White) Vs. Mr. Endon (Black)
- Napoleon vs The Turk
- Paul Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard (Paris (1858))
- Through the Looking Glass
- Turing Chess Program vs Alick Glennie (Manchester (1952))