Scientific American July 1859 on chess

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bnst
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Scientific American July 1859 on chess

Post by bnst » Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:10 am

Descent into chess
A pernicious excitement to learn and play chess has spread all over the country, and numerous clubs for practicing this game have been formed in cities and villages. Why should we regret this ? It may be asked. We answer, chess is a mere amusement of a very inferior character, which robs the mind of valuable time that might be devoted to nobler acquirements, while it affords no benefit whatever to the body. Chess has acquired a high reputation as being a means to discipline the mind, but persons engaged in sedentary occupations should never practice this cheerless game; they require out-door exercises - not this sort of mental gladiatorship.


I couldn't have put it better myself :)
Andreas

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Re: Scientific American July 1859 on chess

Post by skoony » Sun Jul 26, 2009 12:22 pm

hey!
i resemble those remarks.

living in a dream world regards,

mike
by the time i get there,i'll be there.

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Re: Scientific American July 1859 on chess

Post by gerold » Sun Jul 26, 2009 12:39 pm

skoony wrote:hey!
i resemble those remarks.

living in a dream world regards,

mike
That's for suree.

How can one quit chess without the mine going
haywire. :) :) :)

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Re: Scientific American July 1859 on chess

Post by Albert Silver » Sun Jul 26, 2009 2:21 pm

Priceless. BTW do you have a link?
"Tactics are the bricks and sticks that make up a game, but positional play is the architectural blueprint."

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Re: Scientific American July 1859 on chess

Post by Mike S. » Sun Jul 26, 2009 3:24 pm

It doesn't seem that the Scientific American has much influence on the American society. :mrgreen:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... -baseballs

(scroll down for the July 1859 entry)

I found the original page in an online library of old magazines:

http://tinyurl.com/m3uztv

Apparently, these were considerations connected to the return of Paul Morphy to the USA just at that time, after his famous chess triumphs in Europe.

P.S. I didn't know that this magazine is that old! Founded 1845.
Regards, Mike

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Re: Scientific American July 1859 on chess

Post by bnst » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:04 am

I just copied it manually from the magazine, but Mike Scheidl managed to dig up a link to the original article - see his post.

Regards
Andreas

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Re: Scientific American July 1859 on chess

Post by bnst » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:06 am

Wonderful that you managed to dig up the full article. Fun to read.

Thanks
Andreas

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