James Bond, Ecf Shape 007: Licensed To Lose At Chess

Chess players are ever thus snooty too picky nigh chess every bit depicted inward the media too on film, thus it is solely fair that nosotros should demo a chip of residual too give praise where praise is due. I actually similar this photograph of Daniel Craig every bit James Bond (from the forepart screen of today's Daily Telegraph Review section) for the next reasons: 

(1) it's a proper Staunton designing ready (I've got a to a greater extent than or less identical 1 at home), rather than some ludicrous themed set, or excessively upmarket ivory job; 

(2) the pieces too board are covered inward dust (ditto, comment inward brackets above); 

(3) the board is the right means round. Even if you lot don't know the right orientation of a chess board, the chances of getting it right are 50-50, but, mystifyingly, inward existent life, this seems to piece of work out to a greater extent than similar 10-90;

(4) the pieces are inward a reasonably authentic configuration (hmm, perchance less thus the white rook too Rex inward the foreground, too you lot would hold off the captured pieces nearest Bond to hold upwardly white too non black, but I promised non to hold upwardly picky); 

(5) hither I am assuming that the queen on b7 is protected yesteryear a bishop on the long diagonal too that Black has been mated... (EDIT: B on f3 - run into Federal Reserve annotation below)... James Bond has lost - the solely upshot which makes sense, given the fourth dimension he dedicates to gambling, fornication too saving the the world from baddies, too the extreme improbability of him learning to hold upwardly a decent chess operate instrumentalist inward what piddling gratuitous fourth dimension remains to him;

(6) he is wearing the universal appear of the checkmated player, encompassing humiliation, disbelief too resentment. One could almost imagine him saying: "'Ere, you lot jammy sod!" (The author was told just that when on the signal of checkmating individual at a tournament long ago.)

So, good done, Bond Organisation, you lot did a expert chore here.

P.S. Later Edit, cheers to Peter Doggers nosotros directly know that the seat on the consummate board was...

NN 1-0 James Bond
Position subsequently Qxb7 mate

... except that the white Rex seems to hold upwardly half-off the board but about b0/c0, too at that spot is a mysterious shout out on d7. Maybe it was a play-off to create upwardly one's heed which was the world's greatest cinematic serial too he had but been checkmated yesteryear Gandalf. Can't hold off to uncovering out when the cinema is released...

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