Live Alone Die Alone

There are an endless number of possible variations in chess, even after just a few moves have been played and The King's Indian Attack is one of the most common chess openings for white, most notably used by Robert James Fischer, the greatest chess player of all time. The following game from 1967, where Bobby Fischer (White) is playing against Lhamsuren Myagmarsuren, also known as A Night In Tunisia, illustrates the potential of KIA.

1.e4 e6, 2.d3 d5, 3.Nd2 Nf6, 4.g3 c5, 5.Bg2 Nc6, 6.Ngf3 Be7, 7.0-0 0-0, 8.e5 Nd7, 9.Re1 b5, 10.Nf1 b4, 11.h4 a5, 12.Bf4 a4, 13.a3 bxa3, 14.bxa3 Na5, 15.Ne3 Ba6, 16.Bh3 d4, 17.Nf1 Nb6, 18.Ng5 Nd5, 19.Bd2 Bxg5, 20.Bxg5 Qd7, 21.Qh5 Rfc8, 22.Nd2 Nc3, 23.Bf6 Qe8, 24.Ne4 g6, 25.Qg5 Nxe4, 26.Rxe4 c4, 27.h5 cxd3, 28.Rh4 Ra7, 29.Bg2 dxc2, 30.Qh6 Qf8, 31.Qxh7+, Black resigned.

In the episode Gone (S04E11) Robert Goren enters the mind of a paranoid man who may be involved in the murder of the woman and discovers the chess strategy of the suspect, that happens to be KIA, who is later discovered to be a former chess grand master turned fugitive. Close to the ending, our detective matches wits with the disturbed man in the same place as he started his fame at an early age. It's really confusing yet really interesting, especially for those who are into chess and apparently this episode reveals many resemblances of the life of Bobby Fischer though he was never associated with any of the sordid activities attributed to the paranoid man of this story. Nonetheless the connection is obvious as Fischer, before his dead, was shown in interviews abroad to have acquired Anti-Semitic views and Anti-American statements after 9/11. Nothing justifies racism however I could never get really angry at Bobby Fischer. His whole life was a tragedy. He had a dreadful childhood with a hateful mother who set up tournaments so she could exploit his incredible talents for money. Well, they say, the reason they call it chess is that all the four-letter words were taken. On January 18, 2008, Bobby Fischer, a genius, a talent and a very sick man (probably a paranoid schizophrenic, very much like John Nash) died at age 64 (the same number as the number of squares on a chessboard) in Iceland. He was always alone, he always wanted to be left alone and eventually died alone. It's always easier to hate than love. As I said, it's a sad case, all in all.

Bobby Goren Against Bobby-Fischer-Like Chess Master