Yesterday, and rather against our better judgement, we visited the Tate Gallery in Saint Ives, where they had just opened an exhibition called The Indiscipline of Painting
. It was pretty much what you would expect from the title. As usual in these things, the name Marcel Duchamp came up a few times.
Duchamp was not just an artist but also a strong chess player. (He once beat Koltanowski as Black in 15 moves). I started to wonder, however, what his chess games would have looked like if he had followed the same principles at the chessboard as he did when composing his most famous works of art. Here's an attempt at a reconstruction:NN - Duchamp
Banal and tired, without a shred of originality. White conventionally attempts to develop his pieces and control the center.
1... a5!!? The rest of this review is in my book If Research Were Romance and Other Implausible Conjectures