easily from board to board, lower jaw stuck out, occasionally glancing at the
mildly noisy spectators. Cheering for a chess match is almost a contradiction
in terms, and the prisoners found it difficult to encourage their favorites.
"Hit him, man!" one of them yelled to the player with the French
defense. "Hit him with your bishop!" At 7:30 the spectators returned to
their cells. The eliminated players, a few guards and a handful of prisoners
with privileges crowded around the last board, watching each move with the
silent intensity found at the decisive game of every chess tournament.
It was now nearly
dark, and a cool breeze swept from the river, stirring the line of trees that
screened the watchtower beyond right field. At 8:10, a full hour and a half
after the beginning of play, the last prisoner resigned. It was the kindly
pickpocket, and his Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defense had done him
proud. As he departed for his cell, he wore the slightly dazed look of a man
who has just changed careers.
Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts, who has thrown right-handed touchdown
passes in 37 consecutive games, found his right side completely blocked by
incoming linemen in practice last week. NFL pass defenders will be interested
to know that he switched the ball to his left hand and tossed a perfect