Two Famous Wannabes

A curious thing about the game of chess is in how it can captivate the soul. Highly intelligent and very successful people can become totally absorbed by chess to the exclusion of everything else. What is it that they are looking for?

I have my own ideas about this but think it better that people figure it out for themselves, the answer will appear in its own time. All I can say is that I don’t buy into the conventional view that chess can become an irrational obsession for the mentally troubled, the chess journey is something very real.

As for my two famous wannabes they are Marcel Duchamp and Aleister Crowley. Both of them spend many hours studying chess, the former studying for 2 hours a day in his university years, the latter having chess as a life long passion, despite the great success he enjoyed as an artist.

Here’s an interesting series of videos on Duchamp and chess:

Nigel Davies


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: