Sometimes chess can appear to be a sport for those who don’t get out much, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact not only is chess the ultimate cerebral challenge but it’s also an inspiration for a lot of great music (and admittedly some not so great music too). Here’s some great chess related music to inspire your games.
One Night in Bangkok – Murray Head and I Know Him So Well – Barbara Dickinson and Elaine Paige
The reason these two classics are grouped together is that they’re both from “Chess” the musical. It’s a loose (very loose) re-telling of the Bobby Fischer story and the cold war passions the game inspired.
Chess Boxin’ -Wu-Tang Clan
Actually Muggs from Wu-Tang Clan is a huge fan of the game, and it formed the inspiration of his “Grandmasters” album too. If chess is cool to hip hop stars, then maybe it’s time to blast out some of these tunes and get playing?
Knight Jumps Queen – Annihilator
It’s a terribly cheesy thrash metal track but if you like to mosh rather then groove, you can check this out as you practise your moves on the board.
White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
This takes a walk in the shoes of Alice in Wonderland and we all know how the Chess turns out there. This is one of the classic tunes of the sixties rock scene and well worth a listen, it may inspire unusual openings…
The Ballad of Bobby Fischer – Joe Glazer and The Fianchettoed Bishops
A country style tribute to the man himself, it might be a little hard to track down but it’s worth it for the seven minute synopsis of a chess great’s life. We’ll be honest, it’s not the best piece of music ever written but it’s interesting for its content.
What are your favourite chess related songs or bands?
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