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  1. 19 Apr '14 12:02
    Some lad, Lawrence Cook, appeared on Mastermind answering questions
    about Bobby Fischer.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0419fz6/Mastermind_2013_2014_Episode_30/

    I got two wrong. Fischer's dad and the mate move number.

    He is the first contestant up.
  2. Subscriber 64squaresofpain On Vacation
    The drunk knight
    19 Apr '14 12:43
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Some lad, Lawrence Cook, appeared on [b]Mastermind answering questions
    about Bobby Fischer.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0419fz6/Mastermind_2013_2014_Episode_30/

    I got two wrong. Fischer's dad and the mate move number.

    He is the first contestant up.[/b]
    Oooh I got 4 myself, surprising 🙂

    If you went on Mastermind, what would your specialist subject be Greenpawn?
  3. 19 Apr '14 14:07
    Chess:

    You knock up 10 questions and see how well I/(we) do. (I won't cheat.)

    Do it soon, 10 general knowledge questions on Chess.
    I am hoping to post a blog tomorrow or Monday.
    I'll Blog the questions.

    Start a new thread. 'Chess Questions'.
  4. Standard member byedidia
    Mister Why
    19 Apr '14 17:09
    "Currently BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only..."

    :-(
  5. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    19 Apr '14 18:07
    For all those not able to fake being from the UK: (😉)

    Here are the questions, with my answers hidden.

    1. At what age did Bobby Fischer become chess champion of the US?
    14

    2. Which Hungarian emigree and scientist may have been Fischer's real father, though he is not named on the birth certificate?
    Paul Nemenyi

    3. Fischer accused the Russians of fixing the 1962 Candidates tournament. In which publication did he make that accusation?
    Sports Illustrated. Hah! Contest got this wrong.

    4. Which Russian player did Fischer defeat in 1972 in Reykjavik to become World Champion?
    I thought these questions were going to be hard! Boris Spassky, of course.

    5. During the championship match, the Russians asked that Fischer's chair be inspected for 'sinister devices'. What was discovered by the search?
    Two dead flies.

    6. At which 1959 international tournament did Fischer first defeat the Estonian Paul Keres, and establish his reputation with the Soviet GMs?
    I couldn't remember the city. I guessed Zagreb. X. Zurich. Contestant didn't get this either.

    7. Fischer failed to arrive on time for a scheduled game in the WC match in 1972. Which statesman called him twice to try to save the match?
    Henry Kissinger

    8. To which player did Fischer lose all 4 of their games in the '49 WC candidates?
    Tal

    9. Fischer defeated D. Byrne at age 13 in the 'game of the century'. On which number of move did he deliver mate?
    56. Dammit. 41. Contest guessed 25.

    10. Fischer was wrongfully arrested for bank robbery in 1981. What was the name of the pamphlet he published about it?
    I was tortured in a Pasadena Jailhouse

    11. What opening was used by Fischer in his game against Botvinnik in the Varna Olympiad?
    Sicilian. X. Dammit. Gruenfeld.


    SG's score: 8/11
  6. 19 Apr '14 18:57
    I got 1/11, I'm not really a Fischer fan.

    Most of the games I play through and analyze were played in the early 1900's.
  7. 20 Apr '14 01:53 / 1 edit
    HI S.G.

    How could you get the Grunfeld wrong - Botvinnik hardly ever played 1.e4.

    I got the father wrong (pass) and the move number he mated Byrne on
    I recalled the magazine - I knew it was not a chess mag, so that left
    Playboy or Sports Illustrated.

    Who did he beat in 1972? (I bet that was one Knight Stalker got right.)
  8. Subscriber moonbus
    Uber-Nerd
    20 Apr '14 06:09
    2/11 and I AM a Fischer fan. Ufff. I would have asked which candidates Fischer defeated leading up to the Spassky match. I'd have had 3/11. Answer hidden below:

    Fischer 6 - Taimanov 0; Fischer 6 - Larsen 0; Fischer 6.5 - T. Petrosian 2.5.
  9. Subscriber moonbus
    Uber-Nerd
    20 Apr '14 06:12
    "that left Playboy or Sports Illustrated."

    Fischer's choice of reading material, outside of chess-specific literature, was peculiar to say the least. He was a fabulous chess player, but not what I'd call a well-rounded human being.
  10. 20 Apr '14 12:25
    ""that left Playboy or Sports Illustrated."

    He gave two famous interviews in non-chess publications.
    Sports Illustrated and Playboy - I think in the Playboy one he said he
    wanted to live in a house shaped like a Rook.
  11. 20 Apr '14 17:01
    0/10

    I looked up that Game of the Century thing. Wowzers!!!!
  12. Subscriber moonbus
    Uber-Nerd
    20 Apr '14 17:03
    "I looked up that Game of the Century thing. Wowzers!!!!"

    Yes indeed. Commentators in the analysis room were showing how Byrne was winning just as Fischer dropped the bombshell Q sac.
  13. 20 Apr '14 19:12
    I was wondering how a chess engine would evaluate the position through the opening, after Byrne's slack bishop move, and at the other key positions. Anyone have that?