When chessboards are shown in ads and film, a common mistake, if there are no real chess players on the set, is to arrange the board incorrectly with a black square in the right-hand corner. An advertisement for Alien vs. Predator makes an even more elementary error, which I haven’t seen before: Black appears to be moving first. Maybe I shouldn’t be so picky because the habitues of Alien vs. Predator are more known for engaging in gory fights than in playing leisurely cerebral board games.
Al least the guys at Facebook (co-founder Mark Zuckerberg playing White and product director Chris Cox playing Black) know who goes first and how to set up the chessboard. Zuckerberg will be a piece up after he takes the bishop that has just checked his king. Maybe Cox is giving up the cleric on purpose, believing that it’s a good career move to let his boss win, or maybe Cox just made a mistake because he was giddily distracted thinking about his company just having reached 200 million users.
(Facebook photo from the NY Times)