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A game of chess EGP_22663_016

A game of chess EGP_22663_016


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Filename: egp_22663_016.jpg

Size: 4800 x 3942 (5.3MB)

Date: 23rd November 2022

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

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A game of chess EGP_22663_016

Ismailia, Egypt, 1918. Three men playing chess in a tent, probably the officers mess

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1910s Leisure Play Chess


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In this print titled "A game of chess EGP_22663_016" we are transported back to Ismailia, Egypt in 1918. The image captures a moment of respite amidst the chaos of war, as three men engage in a leisurely game of chess inside a tent, likely serving as the officers' mess. The scene exudes an air of camaraderie and intellectual stimulation, with each player fully engrossed in their strategic moves. Their focused expressions reveal not only their determination to outwit their opponents but also the importance they place on mental agility during such trying times. The setting within the tent adds an intriguing layer to the photograph. It serves as both a sanctuary from the harsh realities outside and a symbol of temporary solace for these soldiers. Within its canvas walls, they find refuge from the scorching desert sun and dust-filled winds that constantly assail them. As we gaze upon this snapshot frozen in time, it reminds us that even amidst conflict and turmoil, humans seek moments of playfulness and diversion. Chess becomes more than just a mere game; it becomes an escape into another realm where strategy reigns supreme. This remarkable piece from Historic England Archive transports us back over a century ago when leisure activities like chess provided soldiers with brief respites from battlefields. It serves as both a testament to human resilience and our innate need for recreation even under challenging circumstances.

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