Oreste D’Arconte: It’s more than a game | Columns

I like chess and poetry. Are they so distant? I would say NxQ has a royal sound, pristine rhythm and rhyme.

What’s new in my chess world? I play online at chessbymessage.com (challenge me if you want to lose) and once you sign up, anyone in the world can invite you to play. I mostly play with friends, but sometimes a challenge comes out of nowhere from someone you don’t know and who knows where from.

My current challenger has an interesting name. He may be from Norton, but a Google search only found someone with that name in Prague, Czech Republic. Judging by the times the moves are performed, that may be true.

I’ve been playing chess ever since I went to the Boys Club in my hometown where if any pieces were missing, and they always were, you replaced a penny from your pocket or a piece of chalk. It was a rough neighborhood, but we played chess and billiards with sawn brooms.

I played on chess teams in college, by correspondence with prisoners at Walpole, in person with a Scottish man in a kilt, and at home on my favorite chessboard with my grandsons. But e-chess is now, and I can move from my laptop, iPad or phone wherever I am. Yes, I learned not to make strategic and important moves from the bar stools.

Poetry is another thing I’ve done since I learned to write. A school friend was typing my scribbles because a typewriter was way too high-tech for the house I grew up in.

I had a few poems published in academic and community literary journals, then I published three collections at my own expense. I even won a poetry scholarship from a national poetry foundation, but bought my first VW bus with it rather than continuing my poetry education.

Now I’m leading a three-part poetry seminar for the Attleboro Y, and it’s been fun. Maybe they will start again.

But is there anything more poetic than PxR#…?

Saturday sermon

“When two businessmen always agree, one of them is useless.”

-William Wrigley Jr.

It doesn’t drive you crazy…

Tramp’s new media technology group trades as DWAC, for Digital World Acquisitions. I think it should be DWHACKO.


“Choked on my coffee reading the first sentence of today’s paper!” writes Cheryle Reidel about last week’s column. “Thinking, WHAT??? Ha ha, I should have known you were kidding. Keep writing, look forward to your column each week.

“Love your quote from Yellowstone last week, one of our favorite shows,” writes Colleen Vandeventer. “And so glad you clarified your ‘lifelong conservative’ statement. Moderate would have been my first guess, but liberal is probably the most accurate.

So you’re so smart…

Last week, I bet you couldn’t tell me which company is worth more than Walmart, Disney, Netflix, Nike, Exxon Mobil, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, AT&T, Goldman Sachs, Boeing, IBM and Ford – combined.

My answer: Apple, which is now logging in at $3 trillion. Bert H., Kathy H., Ken D., Ron K., John D., Al F. and Judi R. did it right.

Incorrect answers included Tesla, Amazon, Microsoft, Ali Baba and Berkshire Hathaway.

“My company’s presence is worth far more than all of these other companies combined,” writes The Quipper, Terrence O.

Now, I bet you can’t tell me what these three phrases have in common: 1) never even or odd, 2) a man, a plan, a canal, Panama, and 3) Lisa Bonet didn’t eat any basil. The deadline is Tuesday noon.

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