In 1972, he famously hosted the live broadcast of the World Chess Championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky
. The PBS-aired championship -- dubbed the Match of the Century -- took place in Iceland and lasted for 21 games over the course of more than a month (July 11-August 31).
It's the same for the other two Boris I read about back in school as an amateur quizzer - Boris Pasternak and Boris Spassky
, both Russian and both with plenty of talking points about them - for better and for worse.
Wala pang housing nun, kangkungan datin 'yun and taniman ng kamoteng kahoy." Emong's father, Pascual (nicknamed "Pasky" by friends after chess grandmaster Boris Spassky
), worked as a chemist for San Miguel Corporation.
With no decisive games and no political undertones, this match has not created anything resembling the worldwide buzz that Fischer's 1972 title meeting with Soviet champion Boris Spassky
generated during the height of the Cold War.
This film shows Fischer (Tobey Maguire, left) versus Russian Boris Spassky
(Liev Schreiber) in the match of the century.
WHEN the American chess genius Bobby Fischer played his World Chess Championship against the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky
in 1972 the atmosphere was electric - across the globe.
In 1972, chess player Bobby Fischer took it on himself to topple the Soviet Union's almost 25-year dominance in the sport when he went up against current world champion Boris Spassky
. Given the bilateral relations between the two countries at the time, it's no surprise that the 21-game match in Reykjavik, Iceland, drew worldwide interest.
Russian chess grandmaster Boris Spassky
, above, was in Liverpool to play against 22 experts of the game simultaneously.
It is only at the apex of his battles against arch nemesis Boris Spassky
in a secluded Helsinki ping-pong room that he decided to get creative by getting outside of his comfort zone by opting for the untried, the odd, the new, and most proba-bly the uncomfortable.
Bondu's recent exhibition "The Remote and the Deep War" focused on the final world-chess-championship match between the American Bobby Fischer and the Russian Boris Spassky
, in Reykjavik, Iceland, in the summer of 1972.
Revisiting that moment when a world reeling from Vietnam and Watergate was held spellbound by an epic, emblematic 1972 chess match between Fischer and Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky
, this straightforward biopic doesn't crack the mystery of the mentally troubled misanthrope who became, for a time, the game's greatest player, though Tobey Maguire's angry, bristling lead performance does capture the man's outsized personality.
The world championship series has become a financial fizz with its 8,00,000-pounds prize fund plus substantial other costs comparing with the modest 1,00,000-pounds for which Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky
played in Reykjavik in 1972.