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  • Shakhmaty (шахматы) is the Russian word for "chess". It derives from the same Persian root as "checkmate", which means, "The king is dead". At least, that is what I'mve been told.

    October 1, 2008

  • "But yes, imagine that we desire to play shah mat upon a board whose squares are rafts on that sea. We move, yet even as we move the rafts stir and slip into some new combination; and to move, we must paddle from one raft to the next, which takes so long." -- Gene Wolfe, The Urth of the New Sun

    October 1, 2008