A Ridiculous Lunch with Bobby
Obi the Cat
In 1973 I participated in a
multi-player chess exhibition at Southridge (Milwaukee) against Jude Acers, who
the Guiness Book of World Records for playing against the most players at
one time, ~463. I lasted 37 moves and
was the 8th player left out of 46.
I lost a pawn early. In the game
of chess a piece is sometimes sacrificed to gain
position, but, as in life, not
all loses result in an eventual better situation. However, my minor success was noted
years later I was invited to lunch at Bobby Fisher’s place in Ryciavh
Iceland. Lunch with the greatest Chess
Grand Master of all time.
Bobby himself greeted me and
we went to a picnic table in the garden where the other guests mingled.
After a glass of wine, which
I am to date suspicious of, odd became strange. I noticed two timekeeping devices and neither was moving..yet. It
was like time had stopped.Lunch was put on the table - roast duckling - and Bobby’s witicism - “game
on“ - was clearly a
the start of some form of chess match.
The clock tower was heard to start running.
Kasparov wanted the mustard
and stated “knight to king eight”. Sure
enough, the mustard was moved to him.I
had asked for the mustard earlier and was ignored except for a few chuckles.. I
was a bit embarrassed, but I was catching on.
The mind games continue
until Fisher made his move. On this
occsasion he had surrounded himself with
Eastern European women and
introduced one as his bride-to-be: This
could be Czech-mate! Oh-oh!
I had one possibility to
force a draw.
Hey Fisher: capture
en-passent, no pepper for you!
After this move the clock
tower stopped and the sundial started moving, I can only explain this with a
The resulting exponential
acceleration of time as part of my
move had dire consequences for Fisher and his friends. His bride-to-be aged rapidly and became very
old, fragile, wrinkled, dried out…like a stale piece of bread.
Yes, it was a stalemate. So
lunch was a draw. There will be no rematch as Bobby Fisher passed away jan 19, 2005.
one thing from this:
Use your noggin’
when you‘re hobnobbin'.
Obi Binocular Pants