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.
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.
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.