Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Pebble in the Sky

The correct answer to the question I asked below was Isaac Asimov in his novel 'Pebble in the Sky' (which was answered correctly by at least one person). Why I thought it an interesting quote was that the novel was first published in 1950, and certainly predated the popularity of 'Fischer Random' and pre-dated Fischer's chess career as well.
If you haven't read the story, Asimov also includes a full chess game in one of the chapters (describing it in the text, rather than listing the moves). Rather than invent something himself, he instead used a game from the 1924 USSR Championships, played by Grigory Levenfish. The only difference between the book and the game score I have been able to find is that the last few moves in the book were 28.Kg2 Qg3+ 29.Kh1 Qh3#

Verlinsky,Boris - Levenfish,Grigory [C84]
URS-ch03 Moscow (15), 1924

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