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The importance of chess

Ian Gillan; photo © Jim Rakete; image courtesy of kayos Productions

Ian Gillan was interviewed by German newspaper Lübecker Nachrichten, and some tidbits appeared in reverse translation in an unusual corner of the web: a chess site. And here’s why:

Ian Gillan: I would also suggest that children should be taught to play chess. It’s valuable, for life. You learn to think a step or two ahead, you learn to become more rational, more detached. That’s a huge benefit in any argument.

LN: Are you a good chess player?

Ian Gillan: In school I was a member of the chess club, but I am only averagely gifted. I love the game, it’s great for your mind. I don’t think anyone should run for political office until they’ve proven they’re a member of a chess club. Some of these idiots who are currently in power can’t anticipate anything at all, and that’s why they keep failing.

Translation from German: Johannes Fischer

Thanks to chessbase.com for the tidbit and to Jim Collins for bringing it to your attention.

6 Comments to “The importance of chess”:

  1. 1
    AndreA says:

    Always I have loved his humour.
    Great Big Ian!😅

  2. 2
    Rick says:


    Wow, Ian nailed the big orange guy perfectly!!!

  3. 3
    Henrik says:

    It’s a typical misunderstanding of csuse/effect.
    You can’t “learn” to think ahead.
    You are able to do so w/ a hign intelligence.

  4. 4
    Buttockss says:

    @ 1….With Ian and Jon Lord, their must have been some funny conversations, and stories to tell.

  5. 5
    AndreA says:


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    WillemPurplefan says:

    Happy birthday to big Ian. Brilliant writer and suberb singer. Great job on WHOOSH. Stay healthy Ian G.: you’re te best.

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