Sunday, July 24, 2011

King's Game in Queer Street?

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill making California the first state in the nation to add lessons about gays and lesbians to social studies classes in public schools. He said, "History should be honest," the governor said in a statement Thursday. "This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books." (
I agree that history should be honest. It is time we recognized cross-dressing head of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover and the homosexual relationship he had with long time number 2 Clyde Tolson, for example.
I thought of this upon surfing an article on the new website, WhyChess. The title of this post is taken from an article on the site of the same title. (
The article begins, "On October 16th, 2010, in the city of Malaga, Spain, there was held the 1st Gay Chess Open Championship (those who don’t hide their names)." The rest you can read for yourself...
I decided to research 'happy' chess and discovered there was a tournament in Torremolinos. The article, Gay chess, as Torre queens take over the world, (, begins: "IN further efforts to attract the pink pound, Torremolinos is holding a gay chess tournament.
With a top prize of 1500 euros, it seems it pays to be gay…and good at chess."
One comment was left by smeone named Juan.
October 11th, 2010 10:09 am

Ridiculous and discriminatory. If I decided to hold a chess tournament (or any other sporting event) and declared “no homosexuals allowed” there would be an outcry.

I also found this in the Campbell Report: (
"In issue three the main topic was Weaver Adams, an other well-known gay chess master..."
As Johnny Carson used to say, "I didn't KNOW that."

I found, The chess games of Alan Turing, at (
It is only one game, but an interesting historical game nevertheless, as it is considered to be, "arguably" it is said, the first computer chess game. Since there was no computer then, it was played with "pencil and paper." The opponent was Alick Glennie and it was a Vienna Game: Falkbeer Variation. Guess who won?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Does a player have to prove he is a 'queer' to play in this event?