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Games of Chess

 February, 28 2006

Stories in which the game of chess plays an important part...


Although I'm rubbish at chess, it does provide a good backbone for a story. Who else should be playing Faramir?

Denise wrote: I read a story where he plays chess against Arwen, but I can't remember the title or author.

Could it be Queen's Gambit by A.L. Milton? Faramir takes his clothes off in that one.

And how about Eowyn? Does she know how, or would Faramir be teaching her?

For some reason, I have this strong feeling that Faramir and Eowyn play one game of chess in the course of their marriage, and it ends with her throwing the board at him ;-D

Or Eomer? Somewhere between the end of GoC and Fair Game, he comes to respect Faramir, although I can easily see more conversation along the lines of "Horses and Verses," so you might feel that's been done already, in a way. I can imagine them having very different playing styles, too.

That's an interesting one. At the start of Fair Game, Eomer is sending up Faramir's passion for chess too. Perhaps he's lost to him too often. I bet they would have different styles: Faramir would be all about forward thinking and careful moves, Eomer would throw everything he had at the other side - risky, but sometimes it would pay off spectacularly. A bit like the way Bron and Elfwine fight each other at the start of Fair Game, actually.

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