Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021 at 10:00am
Power in Check: Chess and the American Presidency
Chess has influenced the American presidency since the administration of George Washington. While a game replete with Kings and Queens might at first seem antithetical to democratic leadership, commanders-in-chief have continually appreciated chess’ practical benefits and cultural significance, playing to escape the pressures of a stressful job, hosting successful players from around the world, and utilizing the game as a metaphor for larger national and international issues.
Power in Check: Chess and the American Presidency includes a colorful array of chess sets, cartoons, and photographs illustrating the connections between the game of kings and the presidency. Among the highlights are Doug Anderson’s playful chess set illustrating the 1996 election in which Bill Clinton and Bob Dole competed for the presidency. The comical chess set includes the candidates and supporters, illustrating the energy of a campaign. Another highlight is a chess set made from wood from a tree at Thomas Jefferson’s home of Monticello, which was believed to have been planted by the president himself. A photograph of the legendary Polgar sisters—Susan, Sofia, and Judit—meeting with George Bush illustrates some of the chess world’s strongest players alongside the United States’ commander-in-chief. Visitors to Power in Check will also be able to listen to journalist and Grandmaster Lubomir Kavalek’s reading of President Richard Nixon’s telegram congratulating Bobby Fischer for his victory in the 1972 World Chess Championship. Alongside these artifacts, the exhibition will feature a digital interactive that will allow visitors to learn more about each president’s relationship with chess. Doug Anderson 1996 Presidential Election, Bill Clinton vs. Bob Dole1996King size: 8 in. Clay, ceramic, paint, and glitterCollection of the World Chess Hall of Fame, gift of Bernice and Floyd Sarisohn
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