Chess

I was taken aback to read the following headline and byline in today’s edition of The Guardian - Two players die at world chess event in Norway - Competitor dies in the middle of a match during Chess Olympiad in Norway and another is found dead in hotel room. At one stage of the day this report was in fact was the most popular article being read on the news media’s website. I had never thought about the stress and the strains of competition ...

The Game of Knowledge

In my TOK classroom, there are a number of occasions when I use the metaphor of a game to convey an idea on the nature of knowledge, especially in maths and science. Usually, I reference chess as the ideal game, played by a set of rules. In a lesson on Maths as an AoK I tell a story where in a distant past TOK class I challenged a student who was a brilliant chess player to a game. In front ...