Duchamp and Chess
The checkerboard pattern of the floor in the Encounter... image signifies Duchamp's lifelong interest in chess (.au file*). He competed in his first major tournament in 1923. He produced artwork and wrote a book** on the subject, and in 1968 played a series of matches on John Cage's electronically rigged chess board, which produced various sounds by chance as determined by the player's moves.
**with Vitaly Halberstadt, L'Opposition et les cases conjuguées sont réconcilées [Opposition and Sister Squares are Reconciled], a.k.a. The Box of 1932, Edition de L'Echiquier, Paris and Brussels, 1932.
To order a detailed analysis of L'Opposition et les cases conjuguées sont réconcilées, and more on Duchamp's contributions to chess, go to RECONCILING CHESS: a MARCEL DUCHAMP SAMPLER by CC-IM Allan G. Savage at www.chessarch.com/market/savage_01.shtml. This is a limited edition booklet, so get yours soon!
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