Bono Meets 2 Bishops, a Queen & King!

Checkmated!  For decades, U2 has been playing chess, while most of the music world has been playing checkers.  Bono’s love for the game of chess is well documented.  Knowing Bono’s love for the abstract, loving chess should be no surprise to anyone.  Although I know how to play chess, I’m not very good at it because of my short attention sp….wait, what was I just talking about?  One of the reasons why I don’t excel in chess is because it requires you to think of future moves & I’m usually focusing on my past, wondering where did it all go wrong.  Bono, who is genetically wired to throw his two cents into everything related to anything, has thrown his support behind Garry Kasparov, who is running for president of FIDE, the world chess federation.  Apparently Kasparov is passionate about the same things Bono is: human rights, fighting extreme poverty and staring at a game board that 1% of the world’s population truly understands.  The game pieces in chess that epitomizes the world’s population is probably part of the reason for Bono’s love of the game.  Pawns, which there are plenty, are the smallest pieces & are considered useless, throwaway pieces with virtually no power, commanded by one king.  Like chess, as in most societies, the queen has the real power, with her ability to move in any direction she wants, as far as she wants, destroying anything that gets in her pathway, including the king.  Bono says of Kasparov, “I met the great man recently in Dublin, and heard he was running for President of FIDE. I can’t think of a more luminous mind to take that position.”

7ecb427828889057beac4552f8c44a53To Bono, the world is one giant chess board.  In chess, one must always be looking ahead & thinking of future moves.  Who else hatches some plot or schemes more schemes than Bono?  It doesn’t matter if it’s economic aid for someone whose name we find so hard to spell or throwing his weight behind Kasparov for president of FIDE, the last knight on earth is always there.  As in life, pawns must be sacrificed for the greater good and although I am certain that the pawns are Bono’s favorite piece on the board because of their vulnerability, he knows their limitations.  Recognizing that most pawns got rooked one way or another in this life does not sit well with Bono, which is why the last knight is always meeting with bishops, kings & queens all over this game board we call earth in hope of a better life for the little pawns.  Bono stated that, “Thinking ahead, thinking around corners, guessing somebody else’s next move… these were the pleasures of chess for me… my greatest childhood pleasure.”  Thank you for a great life indeed, considering that a majority of pawns are thinking no further ahead wondering how they’re going to sleep 3 to a bed, Sister Anne she said,  where their next meal is going to come from or how to make next months rent.  The issues of our world are complex & we need abstract thinkers to see things that a majority of us cannot see & begin to fix them.  Chess is a great game & we need more people playing it.  Can chess save the world? No, it’s too f*cking complicated.  But the players that play it can make it a better place for all of us & that’s my two cents.

> http://kasparov2014.com/2014/06/13/letter-from-u2s-bono-on-chess-and-meeting-garry-kasparov/

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    joepit
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    Checkmated!  For decades, U2 has been playing chess, while most of the music world has been playing checkers.  Bono’s love for the game of chess is we
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    #9471

    Pam
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    Brilliant blog, Joe! Bono was already a talented chess player as a child and he participated in a competition with adults. I don´t know how to play it, but I can imagine that it must be difficult to think of future moves. The comparison between the game pieces and the world´s population is excellent. It´s true that the pawns represent the poor who have a hopeless position in our society. Bono is one of those celebrities who use their fame to support those who are vulnerable. As a famous person he manages to get in touch with influential politicians and through organisations like ONE he encourages us to get active ourselves. “Last knight on earth” is a great name for Bono!

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    joepit
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    Thank you Pam. Maybe someday,you & I could sit down for a game?

    #9473

    Pam
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    Yes, maybe we can try a game someday, Joe. But then you have to teach me how to play chess! As a child I didn´t play so much, because whenever I lost I got furious and gave up. Now games bring me more fun, because I don´t take them too seriously. Btw, the coffee you made today looks yummy. With U2 made of cocoa or pulverized chocolate, it´s even better than my Viennese coffee. I think I´ll enjoy one or two cups today in the afternoon. :)

    #9474

    Pam
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    Thanks for your nice idea, Joe. If our pawns in a game go wandering on a board they´ll be swinging to the music (if there´s some U2 music in the background). Trying to see the future right in front of us, we´ll have hours of reflection and fun. :)

    #9475

    joepit
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    Pam, regardless of any outcome, we will have won if U2 is on in the background.

    #9476

    Pam
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    Joe, I hope U2 will be the winners in music business again soon. We all look forward to the day when we can enjoy new songs of one great band!

    #9486

    Chris
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    I can’t possibly comprehend how on Earth could I ever guess someone else’s moves…Very complicated indeed ! I can’t plan ahead for myself…it almost never works..how can I guess the future of somebody else ????? Thumbs Up for the blog !

    #9487

    joepit
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    Thanks Chria.

    #9488

    Chris
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    10 Up !!!

    #9493

    alma
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    Awesome blog, Joe. Mucho thumbs up! : )

    #9494

    alma
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    I just got the 1st word of your 1st comment, Joe.
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    “Checkmated!” Actually, make that “CheckmatED!!!” Hello Hello! :D

    #9496

    Chris
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    Who’s ED ?

    #9497

    joepit
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    Chris, an 8 track was the cassette’s predecessor. It was like a four sided cassette that plugged into an 8 track player, very much like a cassette player. However, unlike a cassette, you could be midway through a song and it would end to go to the other side because it ran out of room. Classic.

    #9503

    Chris
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    Wow ! Some Ugly S**t !
    I grew up with the Magnetophone and the Cassette player until I bought the computer and laptop…So I haven’t had the 8-track experience, furthermore I only had contact with a turn-table during kindergarten when our teacher used to put on Fairytale-records and other different Stories for children-Vinyl-Records !

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