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voigtkampf 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Playing chess with the Death Is anyone familiar with the, as I believe, widely spread folk tale about the possibility to play chess with the Death after you die? If you win, you can go back to life. As far as I know, nobody ever made it, so we can assume the we now who the best player of all times is :)
mattafort 128 ( +1 | -1 )
Ingmar Bergman - chess with death In the famous movie "Sjunde Inseglet" "The Seventh Seal" by Ingmar Bergman 1957,
there is a wellknown scene, where a man (Max von Sydow) plays chess with the death.

"Death informs him his time is up! And you thought getting sent for jury duty was bad..huh! The knight is not willing to follow death..who would be? He suggest that they play a game of chess. The reason this is brought upon is because legend has it that Death was a master player. If the knight wins...he may go free...but and there's always a but...if he shall lose he must go with death."

It is a "five star movie", a Classic movie. In black and white. Mor pictures:

I f you search with google: "the seventh seal" chess "ingmar bergman"
you get a lot of stuff about this scnene

/ mattafort
mattafort 78 ( +1 | -1 )
"one of the greatest films ever made" The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman) 1957
"Easily, one of the greatest films ever made, The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman’s towering allegory about the human condition, seems at once utterly timeless and acutely aware of the world that it takes place in."

Movie is rated "Masterpiece" at this site (more pics):

Here is a list of alltime Masterpieces:

/ mattafort
voigtkampf 55 ( +1 | -1 )
yes...I remember now... ...but I must have seen the movie a long time ago. I'm well acquainted with movies, but the older ones slip easier by me. Now I even remember a scene from Last Action Hero where Death leaves the movie and walkes into our world ( just a side gag ). OK, it's nowhere near the quality of Max von Sydow, whom I know well as an actor and also like him very much :) Still, interesting thought on this one. I guess we will all get our chance to face the great chessmaster when the time comes...
voigtkampf 2 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks... for all the interesting links!
mattafort 36 ( +1 | -1 )
One day that game is mine, yes And to make friend with the unaviodable Death
long before it comes, is a good thing.

The end of life is a reality.
No matter how much you run, work or strive,
there is no escape.
You might as well take it easy and slow,
relax and enjoy.
Makes no difference what you do ....

/ mattafort
voigtkampf 22 ( +1 | -1 )
Oh, dear... I don't know if this sound fatalistic or comforting...But you're absolutely right; one day we're all gonna find out for sure.

"But not yet...Not yet..."

Hmmm...What do you thing what rating the Death has by now? I mean, with such a long winning streak...
buddy2 56 ( +1 | -1 )
the Greatest Fear What's the greatest fear of normal people--public speaking. For chessplayers it's losing. I don't care if you're 1200 or 2900 there's nothing like that sinking, rotting feeling when your position is crumbling around you and your much lower rated opponent is suddenly playing like Kasparov. In chess there are no excuses: the sun was in my eyes, the wind took it, it was an unlucky roll of the dice. You only have your stupidity to blame. It's the one, single reason why people quit and take up canasta or become cardiac surgeons.
bluebabygirl 11 ( +1 | -1 )
to all I think GOD is playing him right now!!!!! And GOD is up a Queen and 3 pawns as we speak !!!!!!!!!!!!!Of course GOD is playing white !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!yours bluebabygirl
voigtkampf 69 ( +1 | -1 )
tststs... Oh, come on, dear bluebabygirl! You think Death is a bad guy? Well, he aint! Actually he's OK, but has a rather awful job. I mean, get in his shoes for a moment; all the time he has to take people from life and here them whining, complaining, protesting, threatening with their lawyers, and from time to time he even has to put himself up with some low rated players since he cannot refuse, these are the rules.
Oh, and the Death works for God, so don't consider them competitors. But you're right, I guess if you can create the multiuniverse, create time, space and countless dimensions - not to mention the greatest of all creations, women - you can easily claim to be the hottest player of all times :) Ergo, God is the best chess player of all times...
...see you...
cairo 34 ( +1 | -1 )
Its not that your gals and guys mistaken Death with the Devil............... I was just wondering :-))

Best wishes
mattafort 51 ( +1 | -1 )
Abscence of Life Is there a things like:

I would say it is ABSCENCE of:

That first group is NO active objects,
they only describe lack of influence
of objects in the second group.

Death will not come and take me.
Life will leave me, when it is time.

Doesn't believe in Devil, but in occational lack of Goodness within ourselves.
voigtkampf 39 ( +1 | -1 )
No, it's Death allright... After all it's Death who comes and guide us through the void between life and afterlife. And I mean THE Death, no the Gameknot death... :) And there is no devil on GK...yet...
mattafort, it's a romantic view of things you have...I remember someone saying that the devil's greatest achievement is to make people believe he doesn't exist...
...and for occasional lack of Goodness within ourselves...Too often, unfortunately...
clemens 10 ( +1 | -1 )
How ironic.

death is dead!

bluebabygirl 38 ( +1 | -1 )
to any Surely Death plays on the devils team . after all GOD is eternal and offers us eternity, so Death brings us to the great judgement . doesnt that make him the devils helper????. to me Death and Devil are same both represent something we want to stay away from !! NOW -NOW- GOD is up queen , 3 pawns and a knight !!!! HOWEVER WE ARE TALKING IN THE REALM OF FACT AND IMAGINATION OK !!!!!!!!!!!yours bluebabygirl
mattafort 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Like to play death? Now we all can play
against the death
here at Gameknot!

Death has even lost 50%. So there is hope ......

voigtkampf 74 ( +1 | -1 )
Huh? Death devils helper? No way, dear bluebabygirl, Death is a sort of a traffic officer, or one of those guys in cinema who take you to your seat...It's not Deaths fault that so many are redirected to hell...

clemens was funny...
reminded me of that old joke about graffiti on the wall...
the first says "God is dead." signed, Nietzsche
the second says Nietzsche is dead." signed, God
"All men, I believe, live in hope..." Lady Anne, Richard the Third, Shakespeare
Or not?
And for the player with callname death...Well... He could face a lawsuit...or worse...He should by all means practice more!

(though not in the same manner...oh, you know... Before someone starts rumors...ah, I'm signing off before I say more stupid stuff... :)
ranknfile 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Death may... be a great chess player, but he sucks at "Twister". See "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey".
chesstickle 9 ( +1 | -1 )
not funny? you may find this funny now, but just wait till you get to my age. Then who will be laughing? Not you or me...
fattycunny 2 ( +1 | -1 )
me i will laugh at you old man !!
calmrolfe 52 ( +1 | -1 )
Does anyone know ? What defence death favours ? I want to analyse that defence in depth, so when the time comes for the life or death game I will be prepared as well as I can be. I intend to be Cal Rolfe "THE IMMORTAL !!!!"

Mind you, if my wife keeps on nagging me I might just leave my Queen en prise !!


Kind regards,

bluebabygirl 42 ( +1 | -1 )
TO CAL as my mother says if women did not nag,nag ,nag then men would simply be too, too, happy and WE ALL KNOW THATS NOT GOOD FOR THEM!!!!!!! They only appreciate the good moments by comparing them to those nagging moments !! So mom says - maybe she is right Im just too young to know ! and you may leave your Queen en prise but the devil has a reputation for leaving the Queen and going directly for THE KING!!! JUST like TAL ! YOURS BLUEBABYGIRL
ragsman 6 ( +1 | -1 )
whoo. If I had to play Death, I would probably just resign....

voigtkampf 9 ( +1 | -1 )
You don't need to play Death... just have a choice to do so if you want, that's all. I mean, you got nothing to lose, right?
loreta 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Checks I play with the Death and can say I've got too many checks in my life... :-)
chessnovice 5 ( +1 | -1 )
... What would happen if it were a draw? Do you get his job?
chesstickle 7 ( +1 | -1 )
another game can i play him at noughts and crosses instead? I'm really good at that one.
voigtkampf 2 ( +1 | -1 )
to chessnovice... ...a good thought...
badjessie 12 ( +1 | -1 )
i would play death at ping pong because i can always score a touchdown . sometimes a hole in one . later