Sunday, April 10, 2005

Chess with Satan

I first heard about this painting on a David Jeremiah broadcast. A search on the internet brought various stories surrounding it - none quite the same. Apparently, the painting is called "Checkmate." I plan on making my own comments on the piece in time, but as it's late, and I just want to get the first blog entry done, I'll borrow some text from a Reverend Dr. Gary Nicolosi:
One of the things a lot of people don’t know about Bobby Fischer is that his favorite hobby is visiting art galleries and museums. Once while on vacation in Europe, he became captivated by one particular painting called Checkmate. It was the picture of a chess game. On one side of the board was Satan with a smug and sinister smile on his face. On the other side of the board was a young man with tears running down his face and sweat pouring down his forehead. He was biting his fingernails. Satan was reaching out to make the last move. The young man looked terrified. Apparently, he thought he had lost the game to Satan.
Again, the painting is called Checkmate. Satan smiled. The young man was panicked. And as Satan reached out to make the last move, things seemed hopeless for the young man.
After six hours of staring at the painting, Bobby Fischer said, “Bring me a chess board.” He set up the board exactly as it was depicted in the painting. After a few moments, he began to smile. “Young man,” he said, “I wish you could hear me because I have some good news for you. Things aren’t as dark as they seem to be. I have studied this game for more than six hours, and I have discovered that it’s all right to allow the devil to make his move. Because after he makes his move, I’ve found that there is one more move on the board! Let him make his move. You’ll be the one who says, ‘Checkmate!’ There is one more move on board.”
Do you see what this means for you on this Easter Sunday? You can live with the confidence that your life is never checkmate. With Jesus there is always one more move. So you can have the courage to face tomorrow, no matter what happens today. For with Jesus the darkness never overwhelms the light, evil never defeats goodness, and death never overcomes life. Christ is risen, and so shall we. Rise out of the depths of despair. Rise out of the depths of the grave. Rise out of the depths of whatever holds us back from lasting intimacy with God.


Anonymous said...

Paul morphy (born in 1837) studied the painting, not Fischer (born 106 years later. Paul Morphy was the world’s champion chess player when he was invited by a friend to look at a painting titled, “Checkmated.” In the painting, Satan was playing chess with a young man, the stake being the young man’s soul. The game had reached the stage where it was the young man’s move; but There was no apparant move he could make which would not mean defeat for him, and so the strong feature of the picture was the look of utter despair on the young man’s face as he realized that his soul was lost.

Morphy studied the picture for a time, then called for a chessboard and pieces. Placing them in exactly the same position as they were in the painting, he said, “I’ll take the young man’s place and make the move.” Then he made the move which would have set the young man free.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I heard this story in church today and have been scouring the Internet trying to find this painting! Where did you find this? I desperately want to buy one for my home - what a GREAT story! Thanks in advance :)

Tom said...

I don't have a copy of the painting - just found the image on the net. Good luck googling it!

Anonymous said...

That's true, anonimous, taking ctedit for something others discover, and put ir in writing, it's "plesurism", D.J. has made many mistake and brag of his intelligence, most of his info is really good but he failed on this one. ...NOT BOBBY FISHER, but Paul Morphy, in just 20 minutes. Thankyou for correcting, The painting is in The Luvre Museum. .

Anonymous said...

Lol....@Tom, it's in a museum, not for sale, no printed copies neither. I wanted one badly, for I'm a chessgamer.