Friday, July 16, 2004

Searching For Bobby Fischer

While we're still making efforts toward the high-value targets (HVTs) like bin Laden, our government always has time to go after people who play chess without permission. I don't recall Fischer in a collectible military deck of cards. ("Do you have any Karpovs?" "Go fish. Do you have any Deep Blues?").


Blogger Nick O'Rette said...

There are some comparisons to be made with Ezra Pound's actions in WWII (anti-Jewish, pro-lunatic), but this simply doesn't rise to that level.

July 16, 2004 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger naptime said...

well, to be fair, the issue that the US had with Fischer's match was not that it was unsanctioned, but rather that it happened in you-go-slavia. given that no american at the time was permitted to go there, it's at least more understandable that our government would throw a bit of a hissy fit over a high profile event with an american there. whether or not the sanction against u-glow-slavia made sense is a different matter i guess...

July 27, 2004 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Monseigneur said...

There seems to be a spree of chess-related, law-breaking incidents lately. Maybe the Welch Law Firm can be the first to specialize in defending chess crime. Obvious infractions might include use of the term "en passant" or building little towers with the captured pieces of your opponents.

July 28, 2004 at 8:43 AM  

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