Essay By Hg Wells
Dagger or bomb are archaic, clumsy, and unreliable--but teach him, inoculate him with chess!He included chess in many of his stories and wrote an essay called Concerning Chess in the late 19th century, which was published in 1897 in his book Certain Personal Matters: A Collection of Material, Mainly Autobiographical. Wells became a famous English novelist and social commentator, chiefly known as a founder of the science fiction genre.He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times. Many of his stories mention chess or have a chess theme. In his science fiction, Wells predicted trench warfare, aerial bombardment, poison gas, the atomic bomb, and world war. He seems to have learned chess around 1891 and played with his father, Joseph, and brother, Fred.They played chess together according to his autobiography.In the early 1890s, Wells wrote a humoresque chess story, which he contributed anonymously to the Pall Mall Budget.Wells writes of playing chess at a hotel until a train arrives.His essay, "Concerning Chess," published in Certain Personal Matters: A Collection of Material, Mainly Autobiographical in 1897, was first published in the Pall Mall Gazette on February 12, 1895.Our statesmen would sit with pocket boards while the country went to the devil, our army would bury itself in chequered contemplation, our bread-winners would forget their wives in seeking after impossible mates. I can fancy this abominable hypnotism so wrought into the constitution of men that the cabmen would go trying to drive their horses in Knights' moves up and down Charing Cross Road.And now and again a suicide would come to hand with the pathetic inscription pinned to his chest: "I checked with my Queen too soon.So you master the militant possibilities of Queen and Pawn without perplexing complications.Then King, Queen, and Bishop perhaps; King, Queen, and Knight; and so on.