Junior Ganymede
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1.e4 testify!

January 04th, 2010 by GST

Sister Blah2 kindly alerted me to this item, in which Daniel Peterson announces his project of putting up a web site containing the testimonies of LDS gospel scholars.  He suggests similar ventures in other fields: “I think there ought to be similar on-line collections of testimonies from athletes, executives, farmers, housewives, morticians, retirees, chess players, stamp collectors, everybody.”

Unfortunately, I am not aware of any LDS professional chess players.  If I’m wrong, and you’re an LDS top grandmaster, please post your testimony in the comments.

Reshevsky.  Does Sunday work for you?

Reshevsky. Does Sunday work for you?

I don’t get the sense that chess players are a particularly pious group on the whole.  Though I will note that eight-time US champion and world champion contender Sammy Reshevsky was an Orthodox Jew and he refused to play on his sabbath.  I believe that Fischer too sometimes objected to sabbath play when he was an ahderent to the Worldwide Church of God, which also observed a Saturday sabbath.

Beloved of God

Bogoljubow, Beloved of God.

Ukrainian/German GM Efim Bogoljubow (1889-1952) once said, “When I play with the white pieces, I win because I have the first move.  When I play with the black pieces, I win because I’m Bogoljubow.”  I thought that was just a pretty funny boast, until I learned that Bogoljubow means “beloved of God” in Russian.  So it was a bit of a play on words that I missed, and also a sort of testimony.  But mostly a boast.

Comments (6)
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January 04th, 2010 00:55:44
6 comments

Ben Pratt
January 4, 2010

As an LDS scientist, I testify that I interpreted 1.e4 to mean 10,000.


Adam G.
January 4, 2010

Me too, Ben P. I was expecting, I dunno, some wierd science jargon homage to world history, the insertion of the 1e4 to a littoral environment, something.

Great post, GST. Not a chess maven myself, I still find your chess posts engagin.


Vader
January 4, 2010

I’d add my testimony, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they don’t really want a collection of LDS testimonies from designers of weapons of mass destruction.


Nate Oman
January 5, 2010

Excellent. The intersection of chess and the gospel is a much under-appreciated subject…


Vader
January 5, 2010

Curiously, Bogoliubov is also the name of a particle physicist responsible for an important recursion formula for renormalizable quantum field theories. Just noticed his name on the page of the textbook on QFD I’ve been studying.

I don’t think he’s LDS, though.


Matthew Boren
November 19, 2012

Kayden Troff is a young LDS player to watch out for. Just won the World Under 14 Championship. He’s also an IM-elect, and well on his way to 2500 USCF.

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