TRANS-JORDAN: Chess Player & Friend


Shrewd little King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan likes to shoot and hunt, compose delicate Arabic poetry, recite from the Koran, and play chess. He also aspires to enlarge his kingdom. Last week, fingering a set of exquisitely carved chess pieces in his winter palace at Shouneh, a few miles east of the River Jordan, he told a TIME correspondent: "Politics is like chess: you cannot rush your pawns across enemy territory, but must seek favorable openings."

Might & Rights. But those who have played chess with him know that Abdullah, who plays well, likes...

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