Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Immortal King

Sacrifices in chess can be quite deceiving and are only made for positional gain. And it takes a lot of foresight and good acting to weave the ruse in an intentional blunder to make it more believable and appealing. So far, the slap on the forehead and a devastated look antic still works for me.

One of my favorites, the Immortal Game showcases brilliancy at its best. Played by Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky in 1851, it has been called an achievement "perhaps unparalleled in chess literature." The very bold sacrifices made by Anderssen - giving up both rooks and a bishop, then his queen, checkmating his opponent with his three remaining minor pieces, made it the second most brilliant game in chess history

In case you're wondering, the best game was played in 1992 by yours truly and my father. I successfully abducted his queen and 2 pawns when he left our table to answer a phonecall. In spite of the blatant cheating and handicap, my father still managed to beat me in 4 moves! I swear this guy has a talisman like those of my classmates' - a dummy bullet tied to their waists that grants wisdom and protection

The Immortal
"The Immortal King"
11 ¾ “ x 16 ½“

To my friends, I will get back to blogging real soon with my latest commission. I am just having a battle against an obstinate oil painting that I will also be posting here in coming weeks. This is all for now, ciao!:)

I wonder if my classmates are still wearing their talismans.hahahaha


  1. This is truly a work of art.

  2. Oh, so majestic! What a handsome king he is, and well coiffed. I can almost hear his beautiful music. His talisman must be his tuning forks.

    Hahaha! I loved reading about the best game ever. I can picture you swiping those pieces impishly while your father's back is turned. You must have your own secret talisman for all the wonderful art you create. :)

  3. I love the details, oh, my Bjornik, they make my fingers, tingle! AMAZING! AMAZING! :)

  4. Oh my goodness - that is utterly superb. I feel quite weak with admiration at your talent and imagination. Simply stunning, Bjornik.

  5. Bjornik love the move against your father. Hillarious. xoxo

    Can't wait to see what you are working on.

    By the way this King is brilliant.

    And Bella, yes our darling Bella is cracking the whip on you, well that is as it should be.

    Love Renee xoxo

  6. Very cool image. Love the illustration and all the perfect lines mixed with the real hand.

  7. He is a totally stunning king, Bjornik! Love the story too.

  8. Brilliant !! as usual
    Therefore, I'm giving you the KREATIVE BLOGGER award :) if you want to know more about what is it exactly check out my webpage :)

  9. Dear Bjornik,

    Your art is your talisman. You are invincible.

  10. Beautiful!
    I love your details:)

  11. Bjornik, what is he made out of. I'm so curious how you manage to get your hands in these photos?

  12. Great king my friend, he seems quite confident!