RICK CARNES

  

Rubenstein's Revenge

Chess Grandmaster Akiba Rubenstein retired from chess
complaining of distractions caused by a fly
crawling around the inside of his skull.


In a world of black and white,
World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer was king.
He said pawn to e4 was, "Best by test."
Then he proved it.

If you confine the war
to a two-dimensional grid,
Truth isn't beauty,
it's brutality.
All the bad moves are there
waiting to be punished.

In commenting on a beautiful girl
walking down the street,
Bobby said, "Chess is better."
He won the National Chess Championship
at thirteen.

The Nietzschean Will needs a filter,
a way to weed out the noise and
focus on the conquest of a world
trapped within sixty-four flat squares.
Even the ticking of a clock
can drive a man crazy.

"If somebody took a filling out
and put in an electronic device,
he could influence your thinking," Fischer said.
"I don't want anything artificial in my head.
I had all my fillings taken out some time ago."

Left and right, forward and back,
are not the problem.
A man can live with these.
It's up and down that ruins everything.
The enemy merely floats above
or burrows under where there is no justice.

Pablo Mercado: Mr. Fischer, what do you intend to do now?
Bobby Fischer: I intend to do what I'm doing right now.
Pablo Mercado: What?
Bobby Fischer: Which is to expose the Jews for the criminals they are,
the parasites they are, the liars they are, the thieves they are,
the niggers they are.

You reach a point where nothing feels good anymore.
Once you have obliterated all the opposition,
you stare across an empty board.
You finally achieve perfection,
but the little buzz you get
is too often a fly trapped inside your head.