Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Did you know that rocker Sting played chess?

Among the best concerts I attended in my misspent youth was an awesome jam session with the three-man band, The Police. Front man Sting (real name: Gordon Sumner) has gone on to a successful solo career. He's also achieved some interesting acting credits including a small but memorable part in one of my favorite movies, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

But who knew he was also a chess player?

Thanks to our friends at Chess Network, here's the proof, a really insightful analysis of a game where Sting tried to hang in there against the legendary Garry Kasparov.

Comments are appreciated -- and anyone is welcome to submit their own links to other interesting material or their own analysis. Again, I repeat the offer: anyone who analyzes a game played in a DeKalb Chess Club event is welcome to submit it for a discounted admission to their next tournament!

So next time you hear the intonations "Every Breath You Take, I'll Be Watching You" you can imagine it deals with chess board vigilance even if it actually had a more ominous inspiration. And when your king is feeling threatened by surrounding pressures, don't be afraid to start humming, "Don't Stand So Close To Me".

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