In the middle of a chess tournament at a midtown hotel, the electricity failed and the contestants were forced to wait in the lobby while the repairs were being made.

After some time had passed, the conversation among the players turned to past chess games. It seemed that each player had only triumphs and awesome feats of skill to his credit.

Soon the talk became louder and more raucous, until a guest stopped a bellman to ask what all the commotion was about.

"Oh, nothing much," replied the bellman. "Just chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."