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Fischer: Fame to Fallout
By Al Lawrence   

A young Bobby Fischer at Lina Grumette's The Chess Set in West Hollywood, California. Photo by Lina Grumette

Chess Life takes a fresh look at the Bobby Fischer saga on this 35th anniversary month of his world championship, and we wonder: What does it all mean?



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Shedding Some Light on "The Great Chess Mystery"
By FM Charles Hertan   

Peter Winston at the 1974 World Open. Photo by D. Barry

Few situations in life are as sad as promise unfulfilled. When a promising junior player of the Fischer era disappears without a trace, the sadness is multiplied.



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Hikaru Blitzes, Walter Bluffs in Vegas
By IM Josh Friedel   

A 76-year-old legendary player with more than 50 years of international tournament experience makes an appearance at this year's National Open--but finishes a half point behind the teenager Nakamura.



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The Korchnoi Experience: How to Play the French
By Harald Fietz   

Left to right: Stefan Fruebing, Viktor Korchnoi, Bernhard Rutschke. Photo by Harald Fietz.

The veteran player, who just completed a rare U.S. trip, reveals insights on his favorite opening to his new teammates in the Second German Bundesliga.



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Kamsky Trips on Final Hurdle
By IM Vladimir Barsky   

Colorful Kalmykian costumes help set the atmosphere. Photo by Tara McGowran

I'd fly five thousand miles for a camel. America's top-ranked player and our best hope to bring the world championship back home to the United States falls just short of his goal on the Kalmykian steppe.



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Interservice & All-Army Championships
By Pfc. Austin Goacher   

Lt. Col. Douglas Taffinder won the overall title at the 2007 United States Interservice Championship. Photo by Pfc. Austin Goacher

... as an American soldier and chess player currently deployed in Iraq, this is what I can say: "I can leave my wife, my children, and my dog but never will I leave my rifle and my chessboard."



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Scholastic Chess: Polgar Girls' World Open and Boys' Chess Challenge
By Chase Watters   
What happened in Vegas ought to be revealed -- a closer look at the Susan Polgar Las Vegas scholastic festivities.

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