Chess games of the rich and famous: Attica Prison, 1972

Well, maybe chess game of the not rich and not famous.

“Attica Correctional Facility, New York 1972, Cornell Capa #photography.” @Paolo1264

Chess is a great way to soothe a fevered mind, relax, and strengthen reasoning skills.

Photo by Cornell Capa:

Cornell Capa (April 10, 1918 – May 23, 2008) was a Hungarian American photographer, member of Magnum Photos, and photo curator, and the younger brother of photo-journalist and war photographer Robert Capa. Graduating from Imre Madách Gymnasium in Budapest, he initially intended to study medicine, but instead joined his brother in Paris to pursue photography. Cornell was an ambitious photo enthusiast who founded the world-known International Center of Photography in New York in 1974[2] with help from Micha Bar-Am after a stint of working for both Life magazine and Magnum Photos.

I wonder who were the two men playing the game? What happened to them?


2 Responses to Chess games of the rich and famous: Attica Prison, 1972

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Very tanned, or melanin-rich. As bad as Attica was at the time, it was integrated, and not so “ganged up” as some prisons now.

    Read a story some time back about a prison in Maine, in which a teacher instilled chess with an annual competition for chess champion. Participants regarded it as high honor. Winner got a certificate, and those who won and got out, kept those certificates as if they were diplomas from Ivy League schools.

    Chess was a great help to them, comfort and correction at the same time.

    There’s a book there.


  2. The link to Capa’s testimony was fascinating. I wonder about the two men also. Is one Black? Hard to tell.


Please play nice in the Bathtub -- splash no soap in anyone's eyes. While your e-mail will not show with comments, note that it is our policy not to allow false e-mail addresses. Comments with non-working e-mail addresses may be deleted.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: