SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Turn-around is fair play, Motherfucker!
This great photo reminds me of an exciting time-trouble that I witnessed in a game played in Montreal in the 1970’s (between Peter MacKean–who is now a well known doctor out east–and another young player whose name escapes me right now). There were many spectators and the position seemed to switch advantage from move to move. Peter would make a move and everyone thought that his opponent would resign. Then , almost miraculously, his opponent would find a shot that not only seemed to save things but put Peter in a hopeless situation. Then Peter would equally miraculously find a shot that put the shoe on the other foot…This sequence seemed to go on for 5 or 6 moves, with only seconds left on the players’ clocks. FINALLY, Peter found an amazing shot that (a double-check) that left his opponent truely without a response. Peter was so filled with the emotion of the moment that he –probably he was not aware that he did it–he shouted out.”Fuck You!” Everyone laughed…except ofcourse, his opponent, who let his flag fall…
A close shave!
Have a beer while waiting for your opponent’s move, why don’t you?
(All photos courtesy of www.flickriver.com)