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04 November 2014 @ 03:02 am

Hi, all!

So, continuing the series of revisions I've been working on, here’s my take on the Broadway script. As with the last London revision, the goal here was to create a functional version of the Broadway script while still retaining the base core and structure of the original show.

This has been in the drafting process for a very long while, and at long last I think it’s in a fairly presentable state. I’m actually rather happy with how parts of this turned out- there are a couple scenes in Act II that I think are the best work I’ve done for this project- and of the scripts I’ve been working on thus far, this comes closest to what my ideal Chess would be like.

You can download the revised script here. As last time, appendices on alternate/changed lyrics, and alternate scenes and songs that didn’t make the final cut are included in the back.

Hope you all enjoy!

Click through the Read More for a song list/scene breakdown.

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30 September 2014 @ 04:26 am

Hi, all - So as some of you may know, since around February (!) I’ve been working (as a hobby) on revising the original London script to Chess, as the first part in a series of revisions and scripts to the show. The idea was to take the script and create as much of a solid, workable version as I could, while still keeping it close to the structure and form of the original- so while I culled a lot from Sydney and a couple passages from Broadway, the base core of it had to remain London, split-match formula and all.

I’ve been working and tweaking on this for quite some time, and after a series of drafts, I think I’ve got it to a presentable state. It’s not perfect, but I’m reasonably satisfied with many of my decisions here, and think this is at least a very workable first step to figuring out the enigma that is Chess.

You can download the revised script here. Also included are appendices on alternate and changed lyrics, as well as additional/alternate scenes that didn’t make the final script.

This was a lot of work to put together, but it was fun. I hope you all enjoy it!

Click through the Read More for a song list/scene breakdown.

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Hi All,

Just wanted to share this link for Elaine Paige's new version of Nobody's Side and an interview with Tim Rice. Enjoy and don't forget to join the FaceBook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/4174099581/

Enjoy RJS

12 March 2014 @ 01:25 am
Hi All,

Hope it's OK to suggest this on here:

I am trying to build a Chess Face Book group where all Chess fans from around the world can gather to 'celebrate' the 30th anniversary of the original album release, so if any of you would like to join me, please friend my RJS Chess FB page https://www.facebook.com/rjs.chess or join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/4174099581/

Hope to see some of you there :o)

20 January 2014 @ 10:27 pm
This is an English translation of the DVD-released Chess på svenska, Chess in Swedish, which will hopefully be the basis of actual subtitles to said DVD.

The translator (me!) is native in Swedish and fluent in English but not, in any way, a professional translator, nor has she any knowledge of how to write or structure lyrics. The lyrics are therefore merely translated and not melody fitted. (And what would be the point of that since there is the entire original musical for that.) Since Swedish and English have different sentence structures the line breaks are placed to hopefully help convey the tone of the original Swedish lyrics. This might makes it look strange from time to time.

There are eleven footnotes in the document to explain Swedish cultural things that have been impossible for me to convey with English translation (e.g. Norse mythology references picked up by the early Swedish workers’ movement) or ambiguous Swedish words I’m not comfortable translating without at least giving you the possible second translation (e.g. Is Florence and Freddie actually married in Chess på svenska?).

Feel free to contact me for questions, comments and/or discussions.

Download it here. (.pdf)

I hope you will enjoy it.

(and if you do... send zedille a thank you-note. not only for the english check but also for inspiring me to do it.)
12 January 2014 @ 09:57 pm
I'm a pretty big fan of this community but I don't think I've ever actually posted here... But! I have a request? Sort of? For NaNoWriMo 2013 I cranked out an enormous post-Chess AU for my fiancee's Christmas present, and thus far although it has a good amount of hits on AO3 It doesn't have any reviews. I would really appreciate any feedback at all, just because I've only revised it once and probably will again, and I need some constructive criticism to keep going with it.
(It should be noted that it covers a lot of potentially triggering material - I'll put the warnings below.)

Title: Good Boy
Pairings: Freddie/Anatoly, noncon Molokov/Freddie)
Word Count: 61,268
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: rape, psychological and physical torture, imprisonment, brainwashing, major character death

Notes: This is based on a roleplay with my partner Elizabeth, so if the plot doesn't make a whole lot of sense... that's probably why. I tried really hard to get it right, though. Takes place in an AU based on the London 2008 concert where Freddie shows up at the Merano Inn before Florence and has an affair with Anatoly, who then defects to the West and lives with him for roughly two years before competing in the Bangkok championship.

Summary: Freddie Trumper is only a pawn.

( FULL or Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 )
02 January 2014 @ 12:43 pm
Middlegame by Mscongeniality
Fandom: Chess - Rice/Ulvaeus/Andersson
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Anatoly Sergievsky/Florence Vassy


Florence and Anatoly go home together after Merano.
01 January 2014 @ 01:55 pm
Bit by Bit (4101 words) by primeideal
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chess - Rice/Ulvaeus/Andersson
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Leonid Viigand
Additional Tags: 5+1 Things, 2008 concert version, The fifth thing is the AU, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2013

Five cities Leonid Viigand was moved to (and one he wasn't).

Also on FFN.

02 September 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Every once in awhile, you come upon a performance that makes you ask, "Why do bad things happen to Chess? Hasn't it suffered enough?"

In case you haven't cringed today, here's Mike Tyson singing(?) "One Night in Bangkok" from The Hangover 2. Leave it to the mainstream media to abuse Chess even more.

Now we just need Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian singing "I Know Him So Well" and we're set.

(This is my first post to the community yaaay!)
27 August 2013 @ 01:02 am
Hi to all you members of the fandom.

I'm new on here, but very much enjoying reading your posts etc.

I have just discovered that my old Chess site was archived by Geocities when they closed down their web hosting network and I thought that maybe some of you would enjoy having a look at it - though if you have been on other forums etc over the years you may already have seen it.

There is a 'working' script for a workshop/development production of Chess that I have always wanted to do - but of course never have! I've noticed a few blips within the site, but it is frozen now so I can't access it to make any corrections, but you will probably get the general idea of the kind of things I had been working on. Also, not all pages work on the old site, so some sections can no loner be looked at.

Some of the old site is on my current site, but I hope to add some more stuff to that one soon and I will let you know when I manage to do that. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the old site if you take a look.

Best wishes, RJS

22 August 2013 @ 01:26 am
Somewhat large post here. Sorry about that.

So, in that ever-going quest to find the "perfect Chess", I've cut together a mixtape of sorts of a work-in-progress Act 1 I've been tinkering with. Figured I should share it for anyone who wants to take a listen.

Download here!
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09 June 2013 @ 05:51 pm
Since this link has been posted a few times on Tumblr recently, I wanted to make a post reminding visitors that they should request to join to see all of the posts. Some (awesome) posts are locked to members-only. You don't want to miss out on all of the Chess goodness!
07 April 2013 @ 03:44 pm
First time poster, and first time dabbling in writing Chess fic as well. Hope it's okay to post a link to this here!

Title: Left to Lose, Right to Win
Fandom: Chess
Pairing: Freddie Trumper/Anatoly Sergievsky, Anatoly Sergievsky/Florence Vassy, Freddie/Florence
Word Count: 1,470
Rating: NC-17
Notes: Based on the concert version presented in NY on 7/30/12, which seems to follow the general plot outlined in the conceptual album except that Florence is American.

Summary: Freddie understood how the world worked. Sometimes you had to lose a round in order to win.

Left to Lose, Right to Win
(on AO3)
12 January 2013 @ 02:02 pm
Over a month ago, I posted about how I was starting a wiki for Chess-- that is, like Wikipedia and the like, an online encyclopedia of articles about Chess that anyone can edit. I'm happy to share that this is basically up and running now, located here for the time being: http://www.jessicagleason.com/chess/

Your thoughts and contributions are welcome. Also, picture suggestions for pages.
09 January 2013 @ 09:34 am
As previewed a few months ago, the long rhyming fic is done! It's a retelling of the concert album view from the point of view of the Arbiter, who (as prompted) doesn't understand how they can think each other more important or interesting than the game. And can get a little wry about it.
I'm posting one chapter/track per day, on Ao3 and FFN, so feel free to follow along or check back in 18 days for the fic in its entirety!
Edit: it's complete!
04 January 2013 @ 08:33 am
I wrote a shortish (1200 words) pre-canon piece as a Yuletide Treat; it's about Florence and Freddie/The American's first meeting (1974 by my headcanon, for m finally-completed longer fic which I will be uploading soon!)

The English Opening on Ao3 and FFN.
01 December 2012 @ 01:56 pm
You may or may not have heard that I am starting a Wiki for Chess-- meaning, like Wikipedia or TV Tropes, a collection of articles about things related to Chess that anyone can edit. The wiki is running PmWiki, which is the same type of wiki TVTropes runs on.

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08 October 2012 @ 05:33 pm

From the book “Re in Fuga” (Vittorio Giacopini) which is a novel about Bobby Fischer:

“Bobby è un genio ma come propagandista per il mondo libero è abbastanza controproducente. Tim Rice e gli Abba la pensavano uguale. L’idea germinale di Chess - uno dei musical più costosi della storia - è forse il paradosso chiave di tutta quest’oscura faccenda complicata. Fischer e Spassky avevano fatto saltare i parametri codificati e a Reykjavik era successo l’impensabile. “Il bravo ragazzo era il russo, che avrebbe dovuto fare la parte del cattivo, e il cattivo era l’americano, che doveva essere il buono” dice Rice: “questo è un esempio del modo in cui la politica deforma tutto.”

I translated it (with my awful English):

Bobby is a genius but he is quite counterproductive as a symbol of the free world. Tim Rice and the Abba have the same opinion. The fundamental idea of Chess - one of the most expensive musicals ever - is maybe the key paradox of all this shady matter. Fischer and Spassky changed the known parameters and in Reykjavik the most improbable development happened. “The Russian was the good man while he would have had to be the evil character and the American was the evil one also if he would have had to be the good character,” says Rice: “this is the example of how politics distort everything.”
06 October 2012 @ 01:53 am
Since we've got an art post going, here's the fic post to go with it! :D
06 October 2012 @ 12:42 am
I've been going on and on about the production of Chess I was in, so here's what I've uploaded so far:

Commie Newspapers

Mountain Duet

Florence Quits

Anatoly & The Press/Anthem

Soviet Machine

The Deal

And the photos I posted the other day are here.

(I'm not making excuses, because I know some of us aren't at our best in these, but if you've ever had to scream over that band every night you'd make mistakes too!)

06 October 2012 @ 01:40 am
Because it came up in the Chess party.

Share fanart from Chess! Woo!

Or visual fan-works in general.
01 October 2012 @ 01:49 am
I made a fanmix for Chess! I posted it on Tumblr recently but I've come to spam it here as well because I'm proud of it (and I've made an adjustment as well). And this time I'm going to make some commentary on it because I have a lot of feelings.

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30 September 2012 @ 05:17 am
I just updated this monstrosity for the (probably) none of you who LARP or tabletop game, I wrote a Chess LARP which I've run twice with various degrees of craziness resulting.

Strangely enough, Molokov was dead by the end of both runs I've done of this thing. I guess the other players really hate Molokov... I can't blame them. One ended oddly similar to the musical, dead Molokov aside, and the other ended with Anatoly the Arbiter in jail and Freddie's mom off on a hot date with Walter. I don't even...

If this is something you'd want to hear about, you guys let me know and I'll try to recap a little more thoroughly. Otherwise I just want to say hi to all the newer members, let you know there's a Chess the Musical club on DA, and lastly that I'll hopefully, EVENTUALLY get to typing up a synopsis of the Arvada Center Chess performance in Colorado earlier this year, since it was actually significantly different than London or Broadway, shocking I know. Anyway, cheers to you all!
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