CHESS IN SHAKESPEARE
by Bill Wall
William Shakespeare must have been a chess fanatic. He probably played
chess around the Globe. Here are some hints in Shakespeare's works that
he was a true chess fan - a bard of the board.
A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! KING RICHARD V.iii.7.
And I have horse will follow where the game makes way. TITUS ANDRONICUS
A man of fire-new words, fashions own knight. LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST I.i.178.
Are the knights ready to begin their triumph? PERICLES II.ii.1.
The rascal hath removed my horse. FIRST PART OF KING HENRY IV II.ii.12.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. KING HENRY IV (Part II) III.i.31.
We're lost a king of so much worth. KING HENRY VI (Part I) I.i.8.
Take heed you dally not before your king. KING RICHARD III II.i.12.
The skipping king, he ambles up and down. KING HENRY IV (Part I).
I'll move the king. CYMBELINE I.v.70.
Why, then, we'll make exchange; here, take you this. THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF
This may gall him with some check. OTHELLO I.i.150.
We'll draw. ROMEO AND JULIET I.i.3.
Is true as steel; leave you your power to draw. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S
No mates for you. THE TAMING OF THE SHREW I.i.59.
You will draw both friend and foe. HAMLET IV.v.138.
That thou mayst be a queen, a check the world! KING JOHN II.i.123.
What two bishops were those that went on each side of the queen?
KING HENRY VIII IV.i.101.
He thinks, nay, with all confidence he swears, As he had seen't,
or been an instrument to vice you to't, that you have toucht his
queen forbiddenly. THE WINTER's TALE I.ii.415-419.
My life I never held but as a pawn to wage against thine enemies;
nor fear to lose it, thy safety being the motive. KING LEAR I.i.155-157.
The fashion of these times, where none will sweat but for promotion.
AS YOU LIKE IT II.iii.59.
I would allow him odds. KING RICHARD THE SECOND I.i.62.
And check was the reward of valor. KING HENRY IV (Part II) IV.iii.31.
Where's the master? Play the men. THE TEMPEST I.i.9-10.
His hour is almost past. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE II.v.58.
Then with the losers let it sympathize, for nothing can seem foul to
those that win. KING HENRY IV (Part I) V.i.8.