The language of chess is very sexual. I mean, what are you supposed to think when somebody declares that they're going to mate you in five moves so you might as well surrender now?
[via Daze Reader]
This caught my eye from my referrer logs: a collection of radio interviews with Bobby Fisher from 1999 to this January. There's also a bunch of material there related to Fisher. Some of the interviews are mirrored here and here.
When the Taliban caught Haji Shirullah, a Kabul businessman, playing chess in his office with his brother they burnt the chessboard and the pieces. "They put us in jail for two days," he recalled with a rueful smile. "The Taliban believed chess was a form of gambling and distracted people from saying their prayers."