Yoko Ono’s white chess set is a pacifist statement regarding the “games" of war. The opposing sides are indistinguishable from one another. This profound piece made me think of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel - ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ which is told by the perspective of a German soldier in the First World War. It promotes the idea of the universal soldier - that there are no sides just people; a potent reminder of our humanity.
It’s been a very little few hours since the newest set (sets ??) and unit came out yet they’re already doing very strong thanks to their campaign (unless you are me and literally have no diamonds, RIP) !!
So whar did we get ?? The newest unit involving the Matsuno Sextuplets and the Chess (both black and white) set based on the most recent pieces of merch.
What about their campaign tho’ ??
A post-maintenance 50-diamond reward Both the 3-Star Strategy Stages and the Coin Stages will be retired on the 25th so we’ll be getting 50 diamonds as a compensation once that maintenance is over.
The Chess Set’s (6-diamond) Gatcha That’s right, for the fair price of 6 diamonds you can make get one of these brand new Chess!Matsus (that or be super unlucky and get the Hijirisawa card). You can only roll this gatcha once, though.
The Black/White Chess’ 100% Golden Gatchas (Boy, they’re really going to milk these guys.png) If you are new to this game and haven’t gone through our most recent set of 100% Golden Gatchas here’s the drill: for 600 diamonds (a maximum of 3 10-rolls) you can get yourself 10 golden cards. If you are very lucky you’ll get a huge amount of new cards, both from older and newer sets (plus the Nekomatsu Box in both of them).
Here’s the trick, though, depending of the Chess set’s color you’ll roll from different sets: • White Chess set: White Chess set, Independent set, Virgin Hero set, Calming Detective set, Popular Episode set, Sweets set, White Day Prince set and Knight (with horse) set. • Black Chess set: Black Chess set, Senbatsu set, Prince set, NEEtland set, Parade set, F6 set, Akuma Rider set and Youkaimatsu Awakening set.
Diamond rewards with ANY of your purchases Yes, by purchasing ANY quantity of diamonds (with a maximum of three purchases) you will get EXTRA DIAMONDS as a reward. so for the fair prize of a dollar you kids can earn yourselves a total of 50 diamonds and so on and so forth (with $35 you can have 700 diamonds).
End of the Campaign • June 30th
So are you cursed like me and have no diamonds or are you excited to roll in this gatchas ?? Is it your first time rolling in a 100% Golden Gatcha ?? Have fun with these while they’re around, guys, make sure you take advantage of such a golden chance !!
Have you noticed that Lena swiped the white chess set? 👀 Almost like the black chess represent the bad Luthors and the white chess set represent a good Luthor (aka Lena)
I did notice that actually. Since the scene in Luthors, I always argued that Lena most likely sees the white pieces, specifically, the White Knight as a symbolic representation of herself/the light side. She sees it as a representation of what she strives to be in her life.
However, during the scene with Lillian, after she knocks over the pieces, it is clear that Lena has indeed been doubting herself and seeking validation that she can be better than those that came before her. She is aware of her role in the invasion and she is furious about it. She showcases anger and regret and most likely hates that she helped cause something so horrible, leading to the death of so many innocent people – the same people that she has felt a sense of duty to repay for the sins of her family.
At this point I feel like Lena probably fears that every bit of good she has done or was trying to do has been for nothing because it is overwritten by this grave mistake. So she feels, how can she possibly be the White Knight if she can’t help anyone or be part of the good that she wishes to see.
One thing that I also noticed though. Look what is still standing:
See it? Let’s zoom in and slow down a bit.
The White Knight.
Whether or not this was intentional, we will never know, but it was just something I saw.
After Lillian picks up the pieces, figuratively and literally, I suppose, she presents Lena with an opportunity. This scene was so much more than Lena finally feeling that Lillian will accept and validate her. Because deep down, she knows Lillian. She may be more tolerant due to Rhea’s betrayal and Lillian’s words. But she is also aware that Lillian’s offer is laced with something else, just as it always is. So now, she sees an opportunity to right this horrible wrong.
It is not about saving the world for glory or notoriety, or acceptance from Lillian, or even being recognized as the better Luthor. It is about saving the world that she indirectly and accidentally helped put in peril. Another chance to be that good force. A shot at redemption and to help save the city. Which is the reason she came in the first place. Her White Knight’s purpose.
Reds and Whites Soviet porcelain chess set - State Porcelain Manufactory, Leningrad, circa 1925.
Representing the two sides in Russia’s bitter civil war that followed the 1917 Revolution, this chess set is a classic example of the winners writing the history books. The red pieces are workers, peasants, Red Army soldiers, noble and proud; the white pieces are oppressors and oppressed, haughty Imperial officers, a rich noblewoman, enslaved peasants in chains, all ruled over by a laughing skeleton king.
Though made in a people’s factory, this was hardly the people’s chess set; it retailed for the equivalent of ten months’ salary for the workers who crafted it.
Visitors are practicing peace and communication through Yoko Ono’s White Chess Set, an all-white board with all-white pieces on both sides. All are invited to play from 1 to 4 pm through this Saturday. The exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 is on view through September 7.
“When I created Play It By Trust I wasn’t thinking about Duchamp at all. Many artists have worked with chess, but they usually worked with the decorative aspect of the chess pieces. I wanted to create a new chess game, making a fundamental rather than decorative change. The white chess set is a sort of life situation. Life is not all black and white, you don’t know what is yours and what is theirs. You have to convince people what is yours. In the chess situation it is simple if you are black then black is yours. But this is like a life situation, where you have to play it by convincing each other.
People think that I’m doing something shocking and ask me if I’m trying to shock people. The most shocking thing to me is that people have war, fight with each other and moreover take it for granted. The kind of thing I’m doing is almost too simple. I’m not interested in being unique or different. Everyone is different. No two persons have the same mouth shape for example, and so without making any effort we’re all different. The problem is not how to become different or unique, but how to share an experience, how to be the same almost, how to communicate.
The concept is my work. In the art world, work is shown in a museum and a lot of people or a few people will see it, then if it’s bought by someone, that’s the end of it, or it comes back every once in a while. So I like the idea that Play It By Trust is repeated in different places, because the environment makes a big difference to the piece. Again, it’s the concept that is the work.”