They say his stare could give
you ulcers or migraines. It could even drive you crazy. In this hour of
To The Best Of Our Knowledge, the greatest chess player ever, Garry
Kasparov. His most famous opponent was the IBM supercomputer, Deep Blue.
Kasparov shocked the chess world last year when, at the age of 41, he
suddenly retired from chess and went into politics in his native Russia.
Also, the chess world's surprising new star - the NFL's MVP, Shaun Alexander.
Garry Kasparov may be the
greatest chess player who ever lived. He tells Steve Paulson that he
retired from the game last year to enter politics in his native Russia
because he is so opposed to the Putin regime. Kasparov is the author
of a five volume history of chess called "My Great Predecessors."
Jennifer Shahade is the author
of "Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport."
She tells Anne Strainchamps where the title of her book came from. Also,
David John is a chess Life Master. He went to college on a chess
scholarship, but now makes his living as a professional poker player
in Las Vegas. He tells Jim Fleming all about it. And, NFL MVP Shaun
Alexander not only plays chess, he promotes it through the non-profit
organization America's Foundation for Chess. Alexander tells Steve Paulson
what chess does for him and why he thinks it's good for inner city youth.
And the 4th graders from Randall Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin
read the poem, "The King."
Film critic Roger Ebert talks
with Steve Paulson about why chess doesn't seem to work on the silver
screen. And we hear one of the songs from the Broadway musical, "Chess."
And, Andreas Dilschneider is the spokesperson for the World Chess
Boxing Organization. From Berlin, he tells Anne Strainchamps what they
do and why. And we hear Berlin's DJ Surge with his anthem "Chess
Boxing." And, David Edmonds is the author of "Bobby
Fischer Goes to War." He talks with Jim Fleming about Bobby Fischer's
infamous chess match with Boris Spassky for the World Chess Championship
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- Garry Kasparov, My Great
Predecessors (Volumes 1 - 5) (Everyman Chess)
- Michael Kusen, Chess
Poems (Tandem Publishing)
- David Edmonds and John Eidnow,
Bobby Fischer Goes to War (Ecco)
- Jennifer Shahade, Chess
Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport (Siles Press)
- Audio from Shaun Alexander's record
breaking touchdown used by permission
from "Seahawks Broadcasting"
- Christopher O'Riley. "Sail
to the Moon" and "No Surprises" on the CD "Hold
Me to This" on World Village Records.
- Madonna. "How High" on
the CD "Confessions on a Dance Floor" on Warner Bros. Records.
- The Black Keys. "Stack Stock
Billy" on the CD "Rubber Factory" on Fat Possum Records.
- Four Tet. "Unspoken"
on the CD "Rounds" on Domino Recording.
- Murray Head. "One Night in
Bangkok" on the CD "The Soundtrack to the Musical Chess"
on Decca Records.
- Surge. "Chess Boxing"
on the CD single "Chess Boxing" on Countdown Records.
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