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  • Musicals – Chess – The Story Of Chess lyrics

    The Arbiter:
    Each game of chess
    Means there’s one less
    Variation left to be played.

    Each day got through
    Means one or two
    Less mistakes remain to be made.

    Soloists 1 & 2:
    Not much is known
    Of early days of chess
    Beyond a fairly vague report–

    Soloist 3:
    That fifteen hundred years ago
    Two princes fought,
    Tough brothers,
    For a Hindu throne.

    Soloist 4:
    The mother cried,
    For no one really likes
    Their offspring fighting
    To the death.
    She begged to stop
    The slaughter
    With her every breath.

    Soloist 5:
    But sure enough
    One brother died.

    Soloists 4 & 6:
    Sad beyond belief,
    She told her winning son,

    Soloist 6:
    “You have caused such grief
    I can’t forgive
    This evil thing you’ve done.”

    Soloist 3 & 7:
    He tried to explain
    How things had really been.

    Soloist 7:
    But he tried in vain,
    No words of his
    Could mollify the queen.

    Soloist 8:
    And so he asked
    The wisest men he knew
    The way to lessen her distress.

    The Arbiter:
    They told him he’d be
    Pretty certain to impress
    By using model soldiers
    On a checkered board
    To show it was his brother’s fault–

    All:
    They thus invented chess

    Male Soloists:
    Chess displayed no inertia,
    Soon spread to Persia,
    Then west.

    Female Soloists:
    Next the Arabs refined it,
    Thus redesigned, it
    Progressed.

    Soloist 9:
    Still further yet,
    And when Constantinople
    Fell in 1453,
    One would have noticed
    Every other refugee
    Included in his bags a set.

    Soloist 10:
    Once in the hands,
    And in the minds
    Of leading figures
    Of the Renaissance–

    Soloist 2:
    The spirit and the speed
    Of chess made swift advance
    Through all of Europe’s vital lands.

    Female Soloists: Male Soloists:
    Where we must record Each game of chess,
    The game was further changed– Means there’s one less
    Right across the board Variation left to be played.
    The western touch
    Upon the pieces ranged.

    Soloists:
    King, and queen, and rook,
    And bishop, knight, and pawn
    All took on the look
    We know today–
    The modern game was born.

    The Arbiter:
    And in the end,
    We see a game
    That started by mistake
    In Hindustan–
    And boosted in the main
    By what is now Iran–
    Become the simplest,
    And most complicated
    Pleasure yet devised
    For just the kind of mind
    Who would appriciate this
    Well-researched, and fascinating
    Yarn.

    [Spoken]
    The World Chess Federation, of which I have the honor
    Of being president, announces that the next world championship
    Will take place here in Merano, Italy.

    The current world champion Frederick Trumper of the United
    States of America will defend his title again Anatoly Sergievsky
    Of the Soviet Union.

    The first player to achieve six victories will be declared
    Champion. The first game will begin on March 27, 1979.

    Welcome, world, to Merano!