Mersenne-ic prize.

Prompt –

2014-12-15 - BW Beacham

 

Finish the story begins with: “They say that life is a game of chess…”

They say that life is a game of chess. The very invention of chess proves it. Sessa – a Brahmin invented the game and presented it to a fun-loving king. He was asked to name his prize and asked for exponentially increasing rice-grains in each square.

To the surprise of the king doubling rice-grains (starting with one rice-grain) on each successive square of the chess-board added up to 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 rice-grains. Obviously the king did not have a mountain of rice bigger than Mount Everest.

But that was not the end  ………..

Unfortunately the king was ashamed that he could not keep his word and requested the Brahmin to relent and wish for a reasonable gift.

The wily Brahmin agreed to accept the rice in installments.

Since then orthodox Hindus in India are giving rice to Brahmins on 11th day of each lunar-cycle.

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14 thoughts on “Mersenne-ic prize.

    • The part about Sessa and the rice he asked from the king is one of the legends related to invention of chess.

      It is also true that Hindus give alms of rice to Brahmins.

      I just connected the thw two pieces ……… using a little lie.

      Thanks for the read.

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