The Last Safe Piece

  • Armin Hamrah ’23, photo from

A king elegy from our favorite chess poet!

The last safe piece

Rests at the board’s origin

Asking for the opponent’s zugzwang

Watching the vertices in awe

Fearing its extinction

Sinking in the quicksand of the board

It spins in circles

With tactful patience

Hoping for a stalemate’s liberation

An endless quarantine

The impossibility of escape

Drives him to insanity
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