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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Betty Boop: Chess Nuts

The early Betty Boop cartoons always seem a bit weird by today's standards, but this one features a Lewis Carroll-like twist in that, like Through The Looking Glass, it revolves around a game of chess.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1932 animated short, Chess Nuts

1 comment:

G. Ames said...

I took a look at Amazon and found two books that I think illustrate well the point you're making: and . What amazes me is not that somebody actually bothered to write such a book (on the contrary, I think it's great as long as there are people who wish to read it), but the tone of reviews. It's not that the reviewers like the book (again: good for them), it's that if you scratched the book title from the reviews, you could never guess it's not about a serious opening. You could easily think the book is on the Anti-Moscow or some other super-sharp GM line, because the players of those gambits often talk about them just as if they were talking about the Ruy Lopez.