Dennis M's Chess Site

This is a blog for chess fans by a chess fan. I enjoy winning as much as anyone else, and I've had a reasonable amount of success as a competitor, but what keeps me coming back to the game is its beauty. And that, primarily, is what this site will be about! All material copyrighted.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Christians Can Play Chess...but not everywhere

With the removal of the Taliban, chess has returned to Afghanistan, and the game is even starting to flourish in Iran. (See here and here.) In fact, chess has done well in many predominantly Muslim countries, most notably Garry Kasparov's home country of Azerbaijan (though Kasparov himself is not a Muslim). But in Iraq, however, chess is in danger.

No word yet on whether the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani intends to open the subject for discussion on a blog.

4 Comments:

  • At 4:56 PM, Blogger CelticDeath said…

    If that's what Iraq's people want, then, like with any democracy, they get what they vote for. If this fledgling democracy survives, and does not go the route of Putin's Russia, then perhaps in time Iraq will endeavor to participate on the fields of bloodless combat with the other nations of the world.

     
  • At 5:18 PM, Blogger Dennis Monokroussos said…

    Sorry, R., but the management does not wish to take the blog in that direction. I appreciate your understanding.

     
  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger Rakshasas said…

    hehe .. no problem Dennis .. it was in bad taste, I should have shown some self-restraint . . .

     
  • At 5:39 PM, Blogger Appaz said…

    According to Tim Krabbe (www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess2/diary.htm) composing and solving chess problems is ok (halal), as long as it by custom (by the chess ommunity?) is not considered "playing".

    I wonder what exactly is wrong (haram) with playing chess. The official site of al-Sistani (www.sistani.org/) forbids a lot of things without explaining trivial things like "why".

     

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