Monday, 21 January 2008

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Bobby Fischer, the chess player, is dead at age 64.

The man was absolutely nuts. I bought Fischer v Spassky in 1972 when it came out, and at age 11 played through most of the games with little understanding of what I was reading or doing. However, he sold me on the P-K4 opening for quite a while. "Best by test", he argued.

The game he invented, on the basis that chess itself was all played out by over-analysis, sounds like a bit of fun.

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