Samuel Beckett's obsession with chess: how the game influenced his work | The Irish Literary Times |
Chess was one of Samuel Beckett's great obsessions, touching everything from Murphy to Endgame.


I am something of an interloper at the Samuel Beckett festival in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. While the Beckettians are here to venerate the master and his works – concentrated, intense, elliptical – I have come for the chess, which is why on Sunday afternoon I find myself in the high street playing a game on a giant chess set against the man who created it, local sculptor Alan Milligan.