Posts Tagged ‘psychology’

To Win At Chess

July 30, 2010

Following up on yesterday’s chess post, here is possibly the worst bit of psychologising I’ve ever heard:

“To checkmate the opponent’s King in chess is equivalent to castrating him and devouring him, becoming one with him in a ritual of symbolic homosexualism and cannibalistic communion, thus responding to the remnants of the infantile Oedipus complex” Dr Felix Marti Ibanez (1960)**

A bit over the top, but we know what he means.

**Cited by Fox and James, The Complete Chess Addict, pp. 146-147.

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