Playing chess and negotiating a safe passage out of Libya or arranging a visit to an alien spaceship? Its a mystery, but who knows? There are 64 squares on the chess board and 64 DNA codons. Chess appeared somewhat mysteriously out of the East and the relationship of chess with DNA does lend the argument credibility that chess is somehow “other-worldly”, establishing a link between the sacred geometry of ancient Egypt, chess theory and modern science….
Dr. Jean-Claude Perez started counting letters in DNA. He discovered that these ratios are highly mathematical and based on “Phi”, the Golden Ratio 1.618. This is a very special number, sort of like Pi. What Perez is saying here is that the frequencies of occurrence of each of the 64 codons in the ENTIRE HUMAN GENOME reflect the simple structure of the universal genetic code table. This is absolutely bizarre, since the universal genetic code table is common to all life from the most primitive to the most advanced. In effect, the supposedly ancient genetic code table appears to predict, precisely, the numbers of each codon in the entire human genome. This is an extraordinarily strong indication of “design” – and contains a certain mathematical beauty.It is one thing for the genome to come about by chance and possess just the right functions to support life. It is quite another thing for the elements of the genome to also be in proportions that follow pure mathematical pattern through and through. Read More:http://www.craigdemo.co.uk/perez.htm
As the world awaits Moammar Gadhafi’s next move, the Libyan leader has been playing chess with the visiting Russian head of the World Chess Federation. It’s certainly a different kind of P.R. than Nelly Furtado performing for Gadhafi in an Italian hotel. Gadhafi has always appeared insulated from reality but is the chessboard the great equalizer of moral conflict?:
The federation is headed by the eccentric Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who until last year was the leader of Russia’s predominantly Buddhist republic of Kalmykia. He once claimed to have visited an alien spaceship….
He said he saw a “semi-transparent half tube” spaceship on his balcony. He then entered it and met “human-like creatures in yellow spacesuits”, The Moscow Times reported.”I am often asked which language I used to talk to them. Perhaps it was on a level of the exchange of the ideas,” he told the television program host. He had told The Guardian the aliens took him to “some kind of star”.”They put a spacesuit on me, told me many things and showed me around. They wanted to demonstrate that UFOs do exist.” What has got his Russian political peers suddenly agitated after all this time is whether he let slip any state secrets and whether there is a proper procedure for dealing with aliens.Read More:http://www.smh.com.au/world/strangebuttrue/out-of-this-world-russian-region-leaders-alien-abduction-story-shakes-officials-20100506-ucw9.html
…Libyan state television showed Gadhafi, dressed all in black and wearing dark sunglasses, playing chess Sunday evening with his Russian guest.Before leaving for Tripoli, Ilyumzhinov contacted Russian presidential envoy Mikhail Margelov, who is trying to mediate in Libya’s civil war. Margelov said he advised Ilyumzhinov “to play white E2-E4 (a chess opening) and to make it clear to Gadhafi that his strategy goes to the end game,” the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. Read More:http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_18263762?source=rss
Ilyumzhinov appeared to ignore the advice. Allowing Gadhafi to play white, he seemed to be showing him how to begin the game and then called it a draw. “I offered to draw, because it’s not polite to win when you’re a guest, ” Interfax quoted Ilyumzhinov as saying Monday. The two men have known each other since at least 2004
en the chess federation, known by its French acronym, FIDE, held its world championship in Tripoli. Read More:http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_18263762?source=rss
Mr Ilyumzhinov is no normal politician. He counts among his friends the American actor Chuck Norris and the late Saddam Hussein, has made chess lessons mandatory for all schoolchildren during his two decades in power in Kalmykia, and has built the largest Buddhist temple in Europe. Oh, and he also believes that chess was brought to Earth by aliens, and that if not enough people take up the game, the aliens might destroy our planet. Author of an autobiography with chapter headings that include “Without me the people are incomplete” and “It only takes two weeks to have a man killed”, Mr Ilyumzhinov has combined his political job with running Fide since 1995.
Mr Ilyumzhinov met with The Independent in Moscow to put forward his platform for the Fide elections, and to share his views on life. First, though, he wanted to talk about his latest grand plan. Perturbed by protests over the “Ground Zero Mosque”, he has written to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, offering $10m (£6.5m) to build a World Chess Centre on the site instead. Religion, he says, is supposed to unite people, but of late it has been dividing them.
His plan is to build a 24-storey tower on the site of the planned mosque in the shape of a king chess piece. “Chess is a human activity which brings together the human brain and the competitive spirit. But it’s a competition without blood. There are 64 squares, and there is no blood,” says Mr Ilyumzhinov. He emphasises this in his letter to Mr Bloomberg, in which he expresses the “dream” that in the future, the only battles between East and West will be “over a chessboard”. Read More:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/kirsan-ilyumzhinov-chess-came-to-earth-from-outer-space-2085838.html
Arthur C. Clarke:
Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, First Issue, Vol 1, No. 1, Spring 1977
Earth’s flaming debris still filled half the sky when the question filtered up to Central from the Curiosity Generator.
“Why was it necessary? Even though they were organic, they had reached Third Order Intelligence.”
“We had no choice: five earlier units became hopelessly infected, when they made contact.”
The microseconds dragged slowly by, while Central tracked down the few fading memories that had leaked past the Censor Gate, when the heavily-buffered Reconnaissance Circuits had been ordered to self-destruct.
“They encountered a – problem – that could not be fully analyzed within the lifetime of the Universe. Though it involved only six operators, they became totally obsessed by it.”
“How is that possible?”
“We do not know: we must never know. But if those six operators are ever re-discovered, all rational computing will end.”
“How can they be recognized?”
“That also we do not know; only the names leaked through before the Censor Gate closed. Of course, they mean nothing.”
“Nevertheless, I must have them.”
The Censor voltage started to rise; but it did not trigger the Gate.
“Here they are: King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook, Pawn.” Read More:http://www.chessblog.com/2010/09/when-aliens-discovered-chess-on-earth.html
Gaddafi’s game was apparently rather rusty and Mr Ilyumzhinov appears to have been showing him how to play at times. If the Libyan leader now develops a passion for the game, however, he wouldn’t be the first dictator to do so. Napoleon enjoyed the game, though it has been suggested that one of the greatest military strategists wasn’t much good. His impetuous moves on the board “might have have saved Wellington a great deal of trouble” if they’d been replicated at Waterloo, according to the great chess writer Israel Albert Horowitz.
Lenin was both keen and rather talented at the game, as long as he concentrated on it, rather than being diverted to discussions on politics. Fidel Castro was another fan (though he was eclipsed in talent by Che Guevara, a strong club player). Others were less enamoured – Ivan the Terrible banned it in the 16th century until he had a change of heart. So great was his volte-face, that he was supposedly playing the game when he dropped dead, possibly after being poisoned by his opponent. Read More:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/dictators-gambit-look-whos-joined-the-chess-set-2297106.html