Prisoners Lose Sleep over Chess

Fellow chess blogger Michael Goeller has an interesting post on prison chess.  Michael’s post was occasioned by a report in the Scottish press that two of that country’s “worst killers have struck up a bizarre jail friendship over games of chess”; the two men are said to keep their fellow inmates up at night when they shout chess moves to each other from their respective cells.  So far things are more civil in the Scottish prison than they were in the Ohio jail where one convict choked another to death because the victim abandoned their chess games too soon.  “Every time I put him in check,” the killer said, “he’d give up and want to start a new game. And I tried to tell him you never give up….  I just got tired of it.”

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