[G]randmaster Danny Gormally… was turning out at the [Four Nations Chess League in Birmingham] for a team called Blackthorne Russia, for which he was getting £300 and accommodation. Deduct his train fare from Northumbria – strong chess players, either for economic or complex cognitive reasons, are notorious non-drivers – and his profit was minimal. “I don’t think anyone now would seriously consider taking up chess as a career,” he says. – Stephen Moss, Guardian, 21 November.
(Galerie Bascule, Brussels, April 2014)