Posted on January 18, 2008
Mate in 64
Bobby Fischer, the legendary chess grand master, passed away yesterday.
Fischer’s place in chess history may remain highly debated, but he will always be my favorite player. His games were always entertaining and often unpredictable. As a teenager, I used collect books of his games and “play through” them on my own board, trying to figure out what his next move might be.
In recent readings, I came across an article on Fischer Random Chess, something that I had never heard of before. Fischer Random was a chess variation where the first row of pieces (rook, bishop, knight, king, & queen) are semi-randomly mixed at the start of a game. All the rules of normal chess still apply throughout the game. I’ll have to try it at our next Game Theory get together.