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  • Oregon Chess News: Thursday, February 03, 2005

    Thursday, February 03, 2005

    The Fischer King



    In the surreal setting of war-torn Yugoslavia, reclusive chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer emerged to meet Boris Spassky.

    At about 3:30 PM on Sept. 2, Bobby Fischer shook hands with Boris Spassky over a chess board in a hotel conference room on the Adriatic coast of Yugoslavia, then quietly pushed the white's king's pawn two squares forward. Fischer has always preferred the king's pawn opening-he has long touted it as white's best first move-and let history note that it may have been the only predictable act to Occur so far in this match, and through all the days leading up to it. Indeed, it came as part of a scene so surreal as to suggest no less than a dream. Exactly 20 years and one day had passed since the final game of that riotous summer of 1972, when Spassky, then the world champion from the Soviet Union, and Fischer, the eccentric, temperamental chess genius from Brooklyn, faced each other for nearly two months across a chess board in Reykjavik, Iceland, fighting for the world title in an internationally celebrated match that left them as symbols of their time: steely cold warriors doing battle with wooden cannons in the ultimate mind game, at the height of East-West tensions.

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    ASHLAND. SOU CHESS CLUB. Contact: C/O ANDREW VAUGHN.

    BEND. JUNIPER ELEMENTARY CC. Contact: JOE GREEN. (541) 383 - 6165.

    BEND. J BAR J YOUTH RANCH. Scholastic. FRIDAYS 9-10:30 AM. RANCH . Contact: DANTE BIANCUCCI. (541) 389 - 1409.

    CLATSKANIE. CLATSKANIE CHESS CLUB. MON/WED 3:30-4:30. CLATSKANIE COMMUNITY CENTER , 520 SW TICHENOR , CLATSKANIE, OR 97016 . Contact: KATHRYN & MICHAEL TAYLOR. (503) 728 - 3754. email: clatskaniechessclub@yahoo.com. http://clatskaniechessclub.tripod.com.

    CORVALLIS. LION PRIDE CHESS CLUB. THURSDAY 4-6 PM. LINCOLN ELEM SCHOOL , 110 SW ALEXANDER AVE , CORVALLIS, OR 97333 . Contact: C/O PAUL WILLIAM BRADLEY. (541) 929 - 4637.

    EUGENE. YOUTH ENRICHMENT/. College. Contact: TAG PROGRAM.

    EUGENE. SOUTH EUGENE CHESS CLUB. Contact: DIANE THURLOW. (541) 343 - 4977.

    EUGENE. CHESSWAYS. MON-THURS AFTNOON/EVE; SAT AFT. 1626 WILLAMETTE ST , EUGENE, OR . Contact: C/O JERRY RAMEY. (541) 232 - 0328.

    GRANTS PASS. GRANTS PASS CHESS CLUB. WED 6:30-10:30 PM. ROYAL GARDENS , 2075 HIGHLAND AVE , GRANTS PASS OR 97526 . Contact: WRAY MAXWELL. (541) 476 - 5000.

    HILLSBORO. JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Scholastic. FRI 2-3PM. JACKSON ELEM , 675 NE ESTATE DR . Contact: MARY HALL. (503) 648 - 9496.

    KLAMATH FALLS. SHASTA CHESS CLUB. T-W-H 7AM-7:55AM. SHASTA ELEM . Contact: MALCOLM AQUINAS. (541) 883 - 5060. email: aquinasm@kcsd.k12.or.us.

    KLAMATH FALLS. KLAMATH FALLS CHESS CLUB. Contact: C/O PAUL ROMERO.

    KLAMATH FALLS. PELICAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Scholastic. Contact: CHESS CLUB.

    LAKE OSWEGO. TOURCHSTONE SCHOOL. Scholastic. Contact: C/O KEVIN BOGATIN.

    LINCOLN CITY. TAFT HS CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. Contact: C/O PAUL LENZ.

    LINCOLN CITY. TAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL CC. Scholastic. TUES 3:10-4:30. TAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL , 4040 HIGH SCHOOL DR , LINCOLN CITY, OR . Contact: KAY DOMBROWSKI. (541) 765 - 2551.

    NEHALEM. NEHALEM ELEM SCH CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. WED 7:30AM. SCHOOL LIBRARY . Contact: STEWART MARTIN. (503) 368 - 7474.

    PORTLAND. PORTLAND STATE UNIV CHESS CLUB. College. Contact: C/O JUSTIN MYERS. (503) 699 - 6165.

    PORTLAND. CHESSFAMILIES. Contact: AMY BOYETT. (503) 849 - 0938.

    PORTLAND. CHESS FOR SUCCESS. Contact: JULIE YOUNG. (503) 520 - 8960.

    PORTLAND. CHESS ODYSSEY. VARIOUS LOCATIONS & TIMES. GREATER PORTLAND AREA . Contact: PETE PROCHASKA. (503) 504-5756. email: info@chessodyssey.com. www.chessodyssey.com. Additional Information: Scholastic programs/camps etc.

    PORTLAND. WESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. Scholastic. WED & FRI 2:45-4:30. WESTVIEW HS . Contact: JACK PATRICK. (503) 648 - 4771.

    PORTLAND. RIDGEWOOD CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. Contact: DOUGLAS BAYERN. (503) 643 - 5643.

    PORTLAND. TERRA LINDA SCHOOL. Scholastic. Contact: CHESS CLUB.

    PORTLAND. JACOB WISMER CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. MONDAY 6:30 PM. JACOB WISMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL , 5477 NW SKYCREST PARKWAY , PORTLAND, OR 97229 . Contact: ZHUNQUIN WANG. (503) 533 - 1950.

    REEDSPORT. PDS CHESS. OCCASIONAL TNMT & CLASSES. MIDWAY CITY COMM CTR , 14900 PARK LANE , MIDWAY CITY LA 92655 . Contact: PAUL SHANNON. (541) 271 - 4010.

    WESTFIR. OAKRIDGE CHESS CLUB. Scholastic. SAME . Contact: ATTN DAVID GORDON. (541) 782 - 2731.