With its opposition between black and white armies and focus on total obliteration of the enemy, chess has always been viewed as a metaphor for conflict. It's not for nothing that the "King's Game," as it was dubbed, was used in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to teach war strategy, that both Soviet Russia and the U.S. used computer chess programs to simulate nuclear combat during the Cold War, and that the media have been packed with chess-themed headlines ("Arafat playing a bloody game of political chess," "Iraqi chess game leaves butterflies in many stomachs," etc.) since the start of the war in Iraq. Che Guevara even has been quoted as equating the game with starting a... More >>>