“He’ll play a swift, incisive matchand snake-quick to observe a flaw
in half a dozen moves dispatch
his victim. He’d rather lose than draw.
“Has trouble playing by lamplightfor shadows still obscure his mind
but in the day his black or white
will dazzle his opponents blind;
“yet makes mistakes, as one expects,with moves the chess mole might descry,
but when the game will grow complex
revenges his simplicity.
“He has no joy in turtle-chess,dislikes the endgame, will turn green
with boredom, but see him press
with bishop and killer queen;
“for black or white, but never grey,his chess spunk will intimidate
the circumspect. To watch him play
who would guess he’s only eight?”