Slide 19 -
The Legend of Dilaram Many centuries ago, somewhere in the East, Dilaram, whose name means “Ease of the soul” in Arabic, was the favorite lovely wife of a nobleman. He liked to gamble, and the game of shatranj was his passion. Once however, he had the mishap to be opposed by a strong player and the game was played as usual for high stakes. Our hero kept losing, but he was kept arranging the pieces for each new game in the hope of recovering. The stakes were increasing, and finally the nobleman had lost everything he possessed. He insisted, “Let us play one more game, the last one”. “At what stakes?” “Stakes? I pledge my loving wife, beautiful Dilaram,” the man said. That exquisite beauty came over to the players and stood humbly next to her husband. His opponent said, “I will bet everything I have won, if you will wager Dilaram.” He was overwhelmed with lust. The battle started and it was tough and fierce. Still, the players’ abilities were unequal, and the guest was already attacking. It looked like the nobleman was about to surrender. He was losing hope, and his opponent was smiling triumphantly. Suddenly the host heard his wife whisper “Oh, my master! Sacrifice both your rooks but do not surrender me, your Dilaram.” So he kept his composure, and he saw a beautiful combination, winning by force. He sacrificed two rooks and he checkmated his opponent’s king...