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In Reykjavik, Iceland, Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky sat down for Game 10, 50 years ago today. Fischer played the line by the famous Spanish priest Fr. Ruy López de Segura (+c.1580). Coincidently, Fr. López also contributed to the theory of the King’s Gambit, which Fischer himself excelled in and developed with the line 3…d6. Back in Reykjavik, however, Spassky wasn’t able to eek out a draw and Fischer was victorious 6 1/2 to 3 1/2.

Here is a little puzzle for you. Black to move and trap.

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  1. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Thank you for this! How ignorant I was of Umberto Nobile’s ‘Italia’ North Pole expedition, their crash on 25 May 1928, the survival of many of the members – until spotted on 20 June by Lieutenant Colonel Umberto Maddalena in his Savoia-Marchetti S.55, after Giuseppe Biagi, who had been hopefully transmitting with his short-wave radio since 25 May, enabled the coordinates to be known on 9 June: though the last survivors, including rescuers who ended up needing rescue themselves, were not picked up until 13 July. (For which my sources are the English Wikipedia articles on Nobile and the Italia). Biagi donated his earphones, here in the Santuario della Madonna del Divino Amore, in gratitude to Our Lady of Divine Love, as he had vowed on the ice that he would if he lived to do so.

    The Internet Archive has a scan of a set of commemorative postcards from what looks like the happy earlier days of the expedition, La spedizione Polare dell’ “ITALIA”, and a scan with a lot more photos of a 1929 English translation of what looks like an unsympathetic account by the Norwegian journalist, Odd Arnesen, The Polar adventure : the “Italia” tragedy seen at close quarters. On YouTube may be found several British Pathé newsreels about the expedition, a couple uploads of the 1928 Soviet silent documentary, A Feat in the Ice, not least about the involvement of the icebreaker “Krasin” in rescue operations, and a 1969 fictionalized Soviet-Italian movie based on a 1960 novel (and starring among others, Sean Connery), The Red Tent (!)

  2. Fiachrius says:

    C5 and the king is locked in. White doesn’t seem to have an effective way out of this and after completing their move, whatever it is, B6++.

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