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Robert James Fischer vs Reuben Fine
"A Fine Line" (game of the day Jun-13-09)
New York (USA) (1963)  ·  Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Compromised Defense (C52)  ·  1-0
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Oct-12-14  tanu123: really brilliant game
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  Nicocobas: <all> I was stunned when I read in the NY Times that today's chess column is the last! That column was an institution. Does anyone know the reason?
Oct-12-14  ljfyffe: You are not kidding, are you? Speaking in general terms, the popularity of the internet has been detrimental to newspapers in many categories. What happened to the chess column in theToronto Globe and Mail? Digital Man is choking Gutenberg Man!
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  Nicocobas: <ljfyffe> Check it out:
Oct-12-14  ljfyffe: <Nicocobas> "this is final column"... oh, I knew you were not kidding....surely, this is the end of civilization as we know it!
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  perfidious: Yet another giant falls before the onslaught of the internet.
Oct-13-14  ljfyffe: How refreshing......... Fankenstein amongst the walking dead!
Oct-13-14  ljfyffe: Frankly....that should be frank..
Oct-13-14  Capacorn: <Nicocobas: I was stunned when I read in the NY Times that today's chess column is the last! That column was an institution. Does anyone know the reason?>

Sad news. I hadn't looked at the column since Robert Byrne was at the helm. What adds insult to injury is the fine print at the end of the final column. No explanation, no words to commemorate the event, no nothing. This column, which was, as you rightfully pointed out, an institution, went out with nary a whimper.

Oct-13-14  Petrosianic: <Sad news. I hadn't looked at the column since Robert Byrne was at the helm.>

If it's going away, you're probably not the only one.

Oct-13-14  Capacorn: <Petrosianic: If it's going away, you're probably not the only one.>

A drop in popularity may well be the reason for the column's demise, but I doubt Robert's version accounted for that many views anyway. In today's world, it's no surprise that the chess column got the axe. But it's sad enough this longtime feature of the NY Times went the way of the Dodo; its sadder still that it was so summarily dismissed.

Oct-13-14  Petrosianic: It may be just be a problem with the way the internet age has affected newspapers in general. Fewer people go there for their news. It's still a shame, though. What year was the column established? (I'm assuming I.A. Horowitz was the one who established it).
Oct-13-14  zanzibar: The Boston Globe still runs a chess column at least twice a week (Mondays and Saturdays).

Good thing it got spun off from NYTimes ownership then.

Oct-13-14  zanzibar: I agree with <capacorn> - the notice of the column's discontinuation was the very definition of perfunctory.
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  perfidious: <zanzibar> Who is writing for the Globe column nowadays, and when did it become a twice-weekly feature as opposed to every Sunday?
Oct-13-14  zanzibar: <perfid> Many years ago now, can't even remember. About the same time the weekly calendar section starting coming out daily.

Dondis still does it, with Chris Chase doing the analysis (having replaced Wolff).

The online version seems to suggest it's just a weekly column:

but really Saturday is usually a piece with an entire game analyzed by Chase, and Monday a written column by Dondis about news/gossip (w minature, probably picked by Dondis(?)).

Oct-13-14  zanzibar: For those who don't know Dondis:

He can claim a win against Fischer (not many can do that):

Fischer vs H Dondis, 1964

Harold Dondis

Oct-13-14  zanzibar: Another chess-playing lawyer:

<<"When people don't have anything to do, they become lawyers,"> he jokes, adding that he's spent his entire career practicing at the Boston firm known today as Rich May.>

Oct-13-14  Capacorn: <zanzibar: Dondis still does it, with Chris Chase doing the analysis (having replaced Wolff).>

Wow. Harold turned 92 only a few days ago. He's an inspiration!

Thanks for the links, <zanzibar>. The interview with Dondis was pretty cool. It's great to know that the Globe's chess column had enough vocal followers to have it reinstated, and even expanded! Let's see if the Times decision ruffles any feathers.

Oct-13-14  ljfyffe: How come sharks don't attack lawyers?
Professional courtesy!
Oct-14-14  ljfyffe: <Capacorn> The Times They Are A-Changing
Dec-03-14  1d410: With the dawn of the computer age no one besides me and a few others want to do board games anymore.
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  SteinitzLives: Board Games, due to being played somewhat slower than online or software based games, I find to be much more sociable and fun since we are all looking at the same board.

I find people are drawn closer to each other because they are actually at the same table, eating, drinking and playing.

Don't worry, board games will be around for a while because they inspire more real human togetherness in-the-flesh social fun than the electronic stuff.

Apr-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: This is an amazing game by Fischer... I like the pun too!

I interpret it as in "There is a fine line between ...Qxg3/...Bxg7 and ...Qe7." While all three lead to mate, ...Qe7 prolongs it for a bit, this being "the fine line" or as in this case, "A Fine Line".

Jun-16-15  Besheer: As if he decided Hoe he is winning from the first move !!!
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