Speaking of chess, here’s one of my favorite chess videos:
What I like is the look that Mikhail Tal, the “Wizard of Riga,” gives young Fischer as they settle down over the board. Priceless.
The video, of course, doesn’t tell the full story. Tal had an immense respect for Fischer, obviously, calling him the “greatest genius to descend from the chess heavens.”
Tal also defended Fischer, to a degree, against charges of unsportsman-like conduct. “It is also important to remember that Bobby Fischer was a real chess gentleman during games. He was always very fair and very correct.” During games.