Saturday, January 30, 2016

An Oren Interview

Source: Ma'ariv, April 6th, 1951, p. 5
We have noted before an interview with Menachem Oren, quoted in Kandelshine's book about him (see link for details). We add here the original interview from which the quotes were taken is an in-depth one, including a rare photograph of Oren in play at the first Israeli championship, made after his victory, by Nechama Kerem.

The interesting interview emphasizes Oren's point that chess is a hobby, not a profession, as noted before. Incidentally, it adds that, contrary to popular belief, chess is not particularly related to mathematics -- some great players (like Dr. Lasker) were good mathematicians, but others were no good at it -- 'or at life, but play well'.

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