Time is a word or thought that can have many meanings within the context of what it entails. It is multi-faceted with almost endless usages in thought and structure. In chess, time is often teamed up with the thought of space as the board and men take up their role for play and as they influence the geometric design that continually finds alteration. For the players, this is little to reflect on, yet is this not the whole of the picture that is found progressing from move one to the final solution?
Colonial players recorded in history I have written about, namely Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, both having seen and played chess during its infancy with perhaps some knowledge of games played by skilled European players. Both Franklin and Jefferson were equals at the game–both having made use of the pen to build a record of notes and letters as my earlier writings noted showing their deep interest in the game.
Have I any right to suggest that my own thoughts may have at least to some extent been also seen by chess players of the past? I say this because of the pursuit of such as described by Jefferson’s numerous orders for boards and men from merchants and his own writings on the game that reflects his desire to understand the nature hidden to many (even now) who endeavor to bring some understanding of it’s mysteries. If lack of skills for seeing the geometric patterns evolving on the board remained hidden in the colonial period, such men and women who enjoyed playing would have been witness to it.
There remains a danger to understanding the thinking and thought processes that the human mind is subject to through visualization but I believe such has always been within the spirit of people where it is like a fire for some and cold ashes to others. If we look at the games from the famous England and France chess match won by the Englishman, Howard Staunton, the growing brilliance and advancement of skill for chess seen by those who exceled at such play and as play evolved over time from sharp gambits to solid positional understanding as handed down in principles by Steinitz with continued refinements encompassing the past into today’s ever deepening understanding. Yet, it seems like when chess seems played out, new inspiring ideas spring forth to find children attracted to it.