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SJWs discover CHESS is racist. Cancellation underway

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The chess 'racism' debate: Why do white pieces move first?

Australian Chess Federation committee member Dr Kevin Bonham has refuted suggestions the rule of white pieces moving first was racially motivated.

Dr Bonham spoke to ABC radioโ€™s James Valentine on Wednesday afternoon after a man posted to social media his childโ€™s query about why white always moves first in chess.

Controversy arose when the ABC proposed a radio discussion on the matter and on Tuesday sought an interview with John Adams, an economist who represented the Australian Chess Federation in 2015.

Mr Adams declined the interview offer and went into a Twitter rage saying the ABC had taken the view that chess was โ€œracistโ€. He also referred them on to Dr Bonham.

โ€œThe ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first,โ€ he said in his tweet.

Mr Adams further explained the ABC was looking for a chess offical to comment on whether the rules should be altered.

โ€œTrust the taxpayer funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything & everything in Australia,โ€ he added.

โ€œThe ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first,โ€ he said in his tweet.

Mr Adams further explained the ABC was looking for a chess offical to comment on whether the rules should be altered. His posts led to further comments and articles criticising the ABCโ€™s line of questioning before any interview had taken place.

โ€œI mean weโ€™ve got bigger issues that are facing Australia and I donโ€™t want the ABC to be talking about this sort of nonsense,โ€ he said.

Dr Bonham was forced to defend the proposed radio discussion even before it took place.



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by Bobby Fischerreply 17Last Monday at 3:32 PM

Would you say those chess pieces are white or crescent moon?

by Bobby Fischerreply 1Last Monday at 4:07 AM

Wasn't chess invented in Persia or something?

by Bobby Fischerreply 2Last Monday at 4:10 AM

That radio deejay James Valentine is a lame lightweight comedian but he's employed by the state-funded broadcaster which is so woke that they're annoying faithful viewers.

by Bobby Fischerreply 3Last Monday at 4:18 AM

Iโ€™ve played a lot of Candyland with my nieces and nephews. The youngest player goes first. Is that ageist?

So maybe the official chess governing body can change the rules and black will make the first move now.

Does everyone feel better now? After apple juice and cookies itโ€™s nap time!

by Bobby Fischerreply 4Last Monday at 5:43 AM

I mourn for the very funny Onion article this would have been.

by Bobby Fischerreply 5Last Monday at 7:30 AM

I've had a few chess sets in my lifetime, and the one I have now has white & brown pieces. I've also had yellow/green, red/yellow, along with some which were realistic painted figures rather than one color.

When I play someone, we roll a die to see who goes first, regardless of color chosen. Seems more fair that way.

by Bobby Fischerreply 6Last Monday at 7:44 AM

R6, I have a chess set thatโ€™s a heavy state board and brass pieces. The base of the pieces is how you determine which is which - round vs. square.

by Bobby Fischerreply 7Last Monday at 11:04 AM

^ slate board.

by Bobby Fischerreply 8Last Monday at 11:04 AM

The Australians need to start looking at the way they treat the Aborigines before they start worrying about whether chess is racist or not.

by Bobby Fischerreply 9Last Monday at 11:31 AM

The Klansman piece moves his hood diagonally

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by Bobby Fischerreply 10Last Monday at 11:57 AM

Let's see OP's link is about YouTube who put the podcast back up. So OP is lying and no SJW was involved at all. The screaming about "Marxists" was a dead giveaway this was right wing trolling. And god know what the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has to do with YouTube hosting a podcast or not. Datalounge is being spammed by anti-trans bigots and racist right wing assholes trying to start shit. It's obvious, pathetic and sad.

by Bobby Fischerreply 11Last Monday at 12:02 PM

R11 Don't recall anyone mentioning trannies in a discussion about the racism of chess, but here you are unnecessarily crow-barring it in.

by Bobby Fischerreply 12Last Monday at 12:51 PM

Bitch, Iโ€™m done. Iโ€™m going to go on a walkabout through the Gobi desert.

by Bobby Fischerreply 13Last Monday at 12:53 PM

R13 Cultural appropriation. Sic him!

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by Bobby Fischerreply 14Last Monday at 12:57 PM

Funniest of all, besides this ridiculous waste of time and topic is that all this identity politics coming from "microaggressions" Black post-modernist activists is anti Marxist by definition. Conservatives know absolutely nothing about the straw man argument they create.

by Bobby Fischerreply 15Last Monday at 3:13 PM

Don't you know, r12? Everything is tangentially related to "trannies".

by Bobby Fischerreply 16Last Monday at 3:22 PM

Have we talked to the ghost of Bobby Fischer about this yet?

by Bobby Fischerreply 17Last Monday at 3:32 PM
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