Here is a truly beautiful chess position, as played and analyzed by Tomasso Dorigo, an Italian theoretical physicist. [Dorigo, do I have that right?] The game features a wonderful sacrifice of the into-thin-air sort (Qc7+!!), in which a piece is moved onto an empty square where it will die, but destroy the enemy position.
I am still analyzing the position and trying to bust Tomasso’s beautiful 30.Rb7! move. Analysis on his site. But what may be even more fun is the commentary by Tomasso and others about chess visualization and its relationship to particle physics. Good stuff.
I’m inspired to learn about string theory and found this site very useful for the novice who, like myself, needs to catch up on a few hundred years of physics backstory.