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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chess on the Star Trek


A scene from the Star Trek series. Don't miss the look on Spock's face.



Hello Everyone,

With all that recent talk about aliens and space exploration, we were reminded of the Star Trek series again.

Remember these dialogues?

Spock: Your illogical approach to chess does have its advantages on occasion, Captain.
Kirk: I prefer to call it inspired.
Spock: As you wish.

From Court Martial episode:
McCoy (on finding Spock playing chess while Captain Kirk is on trial for negligence):
"Mr. Spock, you're the most cold-blooded man I've ever known."
Spock: "Why, thank you, Doctor."

Star Trek with its interesting take on logic vs. emotion postulated that Kirk's intuition beats Spock's logical style. In the two chess games we see them play against each other (Where No Man Has Gone Before, Charlie X) Spock loses both chess matches, and attributes his defeat to Kirk's illogical playing style.

Here is a nice video of Data playing chess! And, another video of Spock playing chess on The Enterprise. But watch out... it's three-dimensional chess. As if two-dimensional wasn't enough.



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