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The Pathfinder (a tribute to Robert Fisher)

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'Vasyuki will become a Chess Capital of the World.

It will be called New Moscow.

Moscow will become Old Vasyuki'

Form the speech by Ostap Bender, a con -man and impostor

I. Ilf and E.Petrov. 'The 12 Chairs' , 1927




Jose-Raoul Capablanca was once watching a group of players. They respectfully asked for his advice in finding a clear win for White.

"That couldn't be easier." he said. "White King has to get to this place, White Knight has to get there and White Queen has to get to the center."

"But how do we get to this final position?"

"That should not concern you." observed Capa, the Chess Machine. "Just know your way."


Until recently I did not know that Bobby Fisher became an International Grandmaster at the age of 15. Neither did I know that he was born in Chicago, IL. Official Russian media portrayed him as an arrogant Jewish boy from Brooklyn, obsessed with big-breasted chicks.

That was after the 1970 Match of the Century, when Fisher, playing on the second desk, effortlessly defeated "the Tiger", Petrosian in a simple, style-driven confrontation. Added to the challenge were Bobby's statements: "I love chess for the atmosphere, money, and traveling. Chess professionals can earn a decent income. I dropped out of school and now I play chess for living. After this Match I became confident that I am the best in the World . . . "He also offered any woman-player a piece in advance.

In 1971, in a brilliant series of matches Bobby defeated Taimanov, Larsen and Petrosian. The first two could not win a single game. The World Championship Match in Reykjavik with Spassky in 1972 was a joke. Fisher's overwhelming strength was obvious. Some games he deliberately played incorrectly, just to test new ideas.

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