Writing and the Game of Kings
Iheoma Nwachukwu
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Ahh, good piece! (er, sorry … puns.) Having dabbled in chess growing up and written for many years, I *still* wouldn’t have likened a chess game to having rhythm, but of course, it does. But having dabbled in playing drums for a number of years, one of the things that was so satisfying about this essay is that, just like Fela Kuti, is that this is full of polyrhythm: the rhythm of a game, the rhythm of a player at a chess tournament, the call-and-response of the chess cheats, the chess tournament as an event in the player’s career and life … and so on. Write a novel about chess! I’d gladly sacrifice (er, sorry again) a few dollars to read that.

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