Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

06 Jun 2002, 13:41 p.m.

A while ago, Leonard gave me the log analyzer software…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

A while ago, Leonard gave me the log analyzer software he uses to find out how people hit his site. He and I laugh over search requests, but he also confided in me that sometimes he sees a search request that he wants to fulfill. One such request: "poem about chess."

Inspired, the last week of finals, I wrote this:

They say that they invented chess
In India, my native land
Yet maharajas, I believe,
Would not so easily confess
Their stratagems, used to deceive
A rival prince with a weaker hand.

How did the chessbook writers guess
Whose ways to win would proudly stand
The test of time?  And did they weave
Their own smart tricks?  Oh, what a mess.
The tricks are not the wisdom we receive
From chess, where all victors are grand

                As any king, with scepter or without
                And gameworld losses are as much a rout.