Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News #584
May 15, 2012
No one owned him. He was a force that could not be
Genius is dangerous. Those that think it can be packaged are fools.
Patti Smith on Bobby Fischer
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess
Mechanics' member 16-year-old Daniel Naroditsky
will play in the 1st Grand European Open to be held in Golden
Sands near Varna, Bulgaria from June 4-12. The event promises to be
plenty strong with 40 GMs pre-registered. Seeded #39 at 2479 FIDE,
Daniel will be aiming to make his second GM norm.
Weekly Wednesday Night Blitz Coordinator
As always, the weekly blitz
tournament starts no later than 6:40pm with sign-up
beginning at 6:20pm. Entry is $10 with clock $11 without
clock. Prizes are 50%, 30%, 20% of entry fees. Time control preferably
is 3 minute increment 2 seconds otherwise 5 minutes no increment.
The winners last week
1st - Carlos D'Avila
2nd - IM Eliott Winslow
3rd - Jules Jelinek
Look forward to seeing you
The Summer Tuesday
Night Marathon starts next week on May 22.
A nice tie-in with the TNM is the following class.
Thursday Evening Class With Former U.
S. Champion Nick de Firmian
- Starting Thursday May 24, 2012
weeks (May 24, 31 and June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12) 6:30 to 8:30
class, limited to a maximum of 8 students, is aimed at players below
2000 and is a perfect fit for the Tuesday Night regular who has been
stuck for a long time at the same rating. Three-time U.S. Champion de Firmian, will offer hands on instruction including
an in depth analysis of the students games.
cost for the eight classes is $240 for Mechanics' Institute members and
$270 for non-members.
2) International Master Anthony Saidy turns 75!
Anthony Saidy turned 75 today. On the short list of the
strongest chess playing medical doctors of all time, Saidy has played
in 9 U.S. Championships and represented his country in four student
Olympiads (including the 1960 gold medal winners) and the 1964
The author of the well received Battle of Chess Ideas and The World of
Chess (Norman Lessing), Saidy is
best remembered in the chess world for his efforts in helping his
friend Bobby Fischer get to Iceland to play the 1972
World Championship match with Boris Spassky.
Saidy's invaluable efforts in this regard
were remembered in the documentary Bobby Fischer vs. The World.
of the great ambassadors of the game for over 60 years, Saidy continues
to play, primarily in rapid and blitz events. He is busy at work on his
3) New book on Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer might have died four years ago but interest in his life
continues unabated. The latest work on him is Bobby Fischer
Comes Home published by New in Chess. Written by the
Icelandic Grandmaster Helgi Olafsson this 143 page paperback is
all about Iceland
and Bobby, both in 1972 and after his return in 2005.
This sympathetic book gives an insider's view of how Bobby spent the
last few years of his life. One very pleasant surprise is that the
godmother of punk, Patti Smith, went out of her way to meet with
Bobby when she visited Iceland
and that the two of them got along very well.
On her site (http://pattismith.bloggum.com/yazi/robert-james-fischer-bobby.html)
there is the following remembrance of Bobby that captures a side of him
that was not well known to the chess world.
(March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008)
I met with him in Iceland
at midnight in a dark corner of an empty dining hall. Our designated
body guards were appointed to stand vigil outside. We were not to speak
of chess. What we did speak of, until dawn, was rock and roll. It was
his boyhood passion.
Through the night we must have sung a hundred songs. He knew every
lyric to every fifties rock song, to every Motown song. He had all the
He still possessed the heart of the kid who dressed in sharkskin. The
kid who beat the old fellows at chess in Washington Square for money to
buy tickets to the Brooklyn Fox and Paramount.
We had a good time. I watched him pull on his parka as we said goodbye.
He was somewhat shattered and paranoiac yet within those dark eyes the
intelligence, rage and humor that he possessed as a young Grandmaster
No one owned him. He was a force that could not be contained. Genius is
dangerous. Those that think it can be packaged are fools.
Farewell, Bobby. I mourn you gone. If we meet again I will not mention
chess. I will sing your favorite Buddy Holly song. You know the