Shogi vs. Chess

Recently my interest in Shogi has been rekindled. This is the Japanese version of Chess (literally – the two games are probably derived from the same source) – similar in some ways, but played on a 9X9 board with some different pieces (notably without a queen) and with drops allowed after captures. I first got…

Mozart and Salieri

Like everyone who grew up in the 80s, my perceptions of musical history are greatly skewed by this excellent movie, based, in turn, on Peter Shaffer‘s highly successful play. Everyone knows the premise: Antonio Salieri drives himself to suicide (attempted and failed) over his obsession with the idea that God is taunting him through Mozart.…