Chess has always exerted a magnetic - and at times unsettling - hold on many artists and literary figures. Chess pieces are tools of sorts, used in a game of which they mirror all the dynamics and tensions. And it is this connection with the notion of the game itself that makes the chess board an object brimming with symbolic values. The advancing of the two factions, positioned as they are on the same plane, in tension with each other and at once complementary in the unfolding of the game, has often been used as a metaphor for the dialectic...