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|May-21-15|| ||diceman: <OhioChessFan: <Sneaky> yeah, that's an automatic reflex for me to notice when looking at chessboard pics. It's remarkable how seldom they get it right.>|
...the worst for me was a pawn on the first rank.
|May-21-15|| ||diceman: ...anyone know what the heck Fischer
was doing in that picture?
Was he about to play a woman, and removing "knight odds" from the board?
|May-21-15|| ||diceman: <TheFocus: <How do world champions and top GMs keep physically fit for grueling matches that last several months?>>|
Lasker smoked cigars.
Bogoljubov did Pilates.
|May-21-15|| ||TheFocus: <In chess so much depends on opening theory, so the champions before the last century did not know as much as I do and other players do about opening theory. So if you just brought them back from the dead they wouldn’t do well. They’d get bad openings. You cannot compare the playing strength, you can only talk about natural ability. Memorization is enormously powerful. Some kid of fourteen today, or even younger, could get an opening advantage against Capablanca, and especially against the players of the previous century, like Morphy and Steinitz. Maybe they would still be able to outplay the young kid of today. Or maybe not, because nowadays when you get the opening advantage not only do you get the opening advantage, you know how to play, they have so many examples of what to do from this position. It is really deadly, and that is why I don’t like chess any more> - Bobby Fischer, in his last radio interview in Iceland in 2006.|
|May-21-15|| ||unferth: <Sneaky: The poster for the new Bobby Fischer movie:|
Why can't they ever get the bottom-right square of a chessboard to be white? You'd think in the worst case, if they were complete blithering idiots with no regard for chess accuracy, they'd still get it right half of the time. But no, they never get it right. NEVER.>
and the weird notation that looks like some unknown hybrid of descriptive and algebraic (N-XD5? E-X? B-2F3?) I work in TV and would never let something like that slip onto my show. the number of producers who can't be bothered to run details like that past someone qualified never ceases to amaze me.
|May-21-15|| ||Travis Bickle: What ceases to amaze me is Tobey, (Peter Parker), Maguire playing Bobby Fischer! All 5'4" of him... They put a few moles on his face & that makes him Fischer LOL!|
|May-21-15|| ||unferth: I've played basketball with TM and can affirm that he's quite a bit taller than 5'4"--but yeah, he's a bit short to be Fischer. not that anyone other than us chess geeks will notice or care.|
|May-21-15|| ||AylerKupp: <<unferth> I work in TV and would never let something like that slip onto my show.>|
Did you work on the TV show "Bones"? I just saw a rerun of an episode with a chess-related theme, "the Master in the Slop" (originally shown in Jan-2014), and the character Sweets was playing a blitz game against various opponents. In the game that they focused on not only did they get the white square on the bottom right of the board but the first few moves of the game were 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 and then the focus switched back to the actors. So someone had done their chess homework.
|May-21-15|| ||TheFocus: I am hesitant to see this movie after reading the horrible script, but if Tom Cruise can play Jack Reacher, I guess Tobey can make a valiant effort.|
I am afraid that we will not see a real true-to-fact movie about Bobby in our lifetime.
|May-21-15|| ||diceman: <Travis Bickle: What ceases to amaze me is Tobey, (Peter Parker), Maguire playing Bobby Fischer! All 5'4" of him... They put a few moles on his face & that makes him Fischer LOL!>|
6 foot or taller, best by test.
|May-21-15|| ||diceman: <TheFocus: I am hesitant to see this movie after reading the horrible script, but if Tom Cruise can play Jack Reacher, I guess Tobey can make a valiant effort.>|
He channeled Stanislavski to cup his ears in his hands.
|May-21-15|| ||zanzibar: The moles look pretty poorly done too, from the photo. To me they looked more like warts.|
|May-21-15|| ||zanzibar: Is Maguire from Brooklyn? Gotta had an authentic Brooklynite to do Fischer right.|
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<Howard: What was the point of Petrosianic's post ?>
I think he was being PMI, i.e. Post-Modern Ironic.
|May-21-15|| ||unferth: <AylerKupp: <<unferth> I work in TV and would never let something like that slip onto my show.> Did you work on the TV show "Bones"?> nope. I have corrected the white-square-in-the-corner thing a couple of times, set up some realistic positions, and coached on-screen talent on how to pick up & move pieces as a player would, though. it shouldn't be hard for any production to check that kind of stuff with someone who knows the basics.|
|May-21-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: I think that Matthew McConaughey bears faint resemblance to Bobby Fischer and is over 6 feet tall.|
Just a suggestion! Unfortunately my actor knowledge is quite poor.
But I think he'd have the talent to play the erratic genius of Fischer.
|May-21-15|| ||Karposian: <A.T PhoneHome> Matthew McConaughey..yeah, I can see it. He was great in "True Detective", one of the better shows I've seen in the last few years.|
|May-21-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: Their physical appearances match quite well and one could easily imagine McConaughey portraying Fischer; for example, being interviewed by a reporter and appearing very confident and relaxed.|
McConaughey's height would certainly add to Fischer's presence in a movie.
|May-21-15|| ||HeMateMe: anyone but Toby Maguire.
Woody Harrelson or Christian Bale, ten years ago, would have been good playing Fischer.
Now? How about Chris Pine, the guy who plays captain Kirk on the Star Trek reboot?
|May-21-15|| ||TheFocus: I could see McConaughey doing it if he could replace the Texas accent with Bobby's Brooklyn one.|
|May-21-15|| ||TheFocus: Hard to play armchair movie critic, but Tobey already made the movie. |
Now we only have to wait and see what emerges.
|May-22-15|| ||TheFocus: <He is by far the best technician of any chess player. Once he gets a small advantage, he seems to hold it. Strategically, his play may not be as good as some of the other leading players, but somehow, there are always chances for him to do something. He is always alert to every opportunity to shift the game in his favor and doesn’t get off on the wrong track very often> - Duncan Suttles, giving his opinion of the strengths and weaknesses of the late World Champion Robert Fischer in the University of British Columbia alumni magazine in the Autumn of 1972.|
|May-22-15|| ||Petrosianic: <zanzibar>: <I think he was being PMI, i.e. Post-Modern Ironic.>|
Yeah, trying to give the page an Escher-esque feel.
|May-22-15|| ||TheFocus: <Soviet players had to play so often in qualification tournaments that they had forgotten how to play for first place> - Mikhail Botvinnik, complaining/explaining Bobby Fischer’s tournament successes, in New in Chess 2004 (issue 4, page 68).|
|May-22-15|| ||TheFocus: <Of course a great player like that has no weak spots. What a player like that does have are absolutely strong spots, so you surely don't want him to utilize his strengths, because then your chances decrease to zero. It's not surprising - chess being as complicated as it is - that Fischer had the greatest problems with positions, which were unclear in an unthematic way. When in effect everything just depended on accurate calculation. In those kinds of positions, he is still better than me of course, but the difference is not that great anymore, because it's just extremely difficult for both of us. The chance that he will make an error increases, whereas in a thematic or technical position he will just play perfectly from beginning to end and your chances of surviving are zero> - Edmar Mednis writing about playing Bobby Fischer.|
|May-22-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is a way of life. It slays boredom and exhilarates the spirit. You're always thinking, always in present time. You know you're alive. You're always being challenged and threatened. There is no social purpose, only the joy of trying to create a pocket of beauty in a noisy world> - Larry Evans (from a 1971 Washington Post feature story about Bobby Fischer.)|
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