Thursday, December 16, 2004

Yahoo! News - Iceland OKs Bobby Fischer Residency Permit

Yahoo! News - Iceland OKs Bobby Fischer Residency Permit: "Iceland OKs Bobby Fischer Residency Permit

1 hour, 14 minutes ago Europe - AP

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press Writer
TOKYO - Iceland has approved a residency permit for Bobby Fischer, embassy officials said Thursday, but the former chess champion faces hurdles in traveling there because he remains in Japanese custody and lacks a valid passport.

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Fischer is wanted in the United States on charges of violating international sanctions against Yugoslavia, and has been detained since July 13 in Tokyo where he has been fighting a deportation order to the United States.
It was not immediately clear if he would be able to travel to Iceland. "

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

European and Pacific Stars & Stripes

European and Pacific Stars & Stripes: "Marines forgot to bring chess set on Philippines mission, so they improvised

By Juliana Gittler, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Jim Schulz / S&S
Cpl. Daniel Shannon from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 moves his chess piece during a break. The chess set was improvised from small worn aircraft parts.

CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines � Arriving to a humanitarian mission without their beloved chessboard to keep them busy, some helicopter squadron Marines got creative.
Using the bottom of a wooden �7-cube� supply box for a board, spare helicopter parts for pieces and some imagination, they made their own.
�Most of the time we have a chess set we bring along with us but we forgot it,� said Cpl. Daniel Shannon, with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 from Futenma Marine Corps Air Station on Okinawa. �We kind of improvised.�
The board is drawn with red and black markers on the box. Spare helicopter parts, spray painted with black and gray primer, serve as chess pieces.
A rotor positioning motor spline made the perfect king. Bolts and other assorted pieces make up the rest.
The game provides a welcome diversion for those left behind while Marines ferry relief effort supplies. More than 600 Marines, sailors and airmen are in the region assisting relief missions after a series of storms devastated parts of the Philippines.
The small group of chess players from MMH 262 has expanded to about 20 as enthusiasts walk by and join.
�We�re not bored but we have a lot of downtime,� said Lance Cpl. Benjamin Hayward, an armorer with 3rd Force Service Support Group from Camp Hansen, Okinawa, who hands out and collects weapons each day.
Besides chess, Marines brought books, d"

taste for chess

substitute the cigar for a pipe and you have my story--

Chess could be an acquired taste. It's possible, for example, to acquire it as a young boy sitting in a dark study with your grandfather. It is winter. He is leaning on the table, in his coat and tie, propping up his forehead with his left hand, lit from the side by the cone of light from the desk lamp. His cigar is adding a sweet aroma to that of the books on the wall. His right hand, with long and bony fingers, hovers above the board for a second, then swiftly descends and advances a pawn. "Checkmate," he says, smiling apologetically, as he has so many times before.

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