56f2f86b9a36c0a5629cccb8f38f2afdFotografia por Julien Wasser (Pasadena, 1963)

“Objectively, a game of chess looks very much like a pen-and-ink drawing, with the difference, however, that the chess player paints with black-and-white forms already prepared instead of inventing forms as does the artist. The design thus formed on the chessboard has apparently no visual aesthetic value and is more like a score for music which can be played again and again. Beauty in chess does not seem to be a visual experience as in painting. Beauty in chess is closer to beauty in poetry; the chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem… Actually, I believe that every chess player experiences a mixture of two aestethic pleasures: first the image akin to the poetic idea of writing, second the sensuous pleasure of the ideographic execution of that image of the chessboards… From my close contact with artists and chess players I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.”

Marcel Duchamp