"I thought to myself, this Diller must be a dilly," he said afterwards. "A fine player, no doubt, and coming all the way from Pittsburgh, he must think that he is at his finest. I played pawn to king four, and he played pawn to king four. Hm-m-mmm. I played knight to king bishop three, and he played knight to king bishop three. Now, nobody makes that move unless he knows something about chess. I thought, this fellow has come all the way from Pittsburgh.... What does he have up his sleeve? I played knight takes king pawn, and he followed with knight takes king pawn. Now, that's bad. That's an awfully bad move. So I played queen to king two. He must lose a pawn, and his only move was pawn to queen four. But he didn't! Pie played knight to queen three! I almost jumped out of my seat. I played knight to queen bishop six, discovered a check with the white queen, and the game was over in five moves."
In all, by 9:45 that night, when the last contender was beaten, Koltanowski had won 50, drawn six and lost none.
THE INSIDE TRACK
?With Bald Eagle and Sword Dancer retired and Horse of the Year Kelso and T.V. Lark already stabled at California's Santa Anita, the rich handicap races at Hialeah this winter will be dominated by foreigners. On the grounds in Miami are Australia's Noholme II, Panama's Puerto Madero, Cambure from Caracas and South America's Don Poggio, all top-grade horses.
?The Houston Oilers of the AFL probably will train in Honolulu next summer, and at little extra cost. Club officials believe the lure of the trip will eliminate the need for sign-up bonuses, which last year ranged from $250 to Billy Cannon's $10,000. To add to the inducement, the Oilers will carry all men cut in Honolulu until the team returns to the States.
?The Atlantic Coast Conference, displeased with football's regional television arrangements, will petition the NCAA to return control of regional dates to the conferences and colleges concerned. Under the current contract, which runs through the 1961 season, the NCAA and ABC select the games to be televised.
? Coach Jim Myers, who has not had a winning football season in three years at Texas A&M, is asking for a showdown on extension of his contract, which still has one year to run. Myers says he cannot recruit properly under present contract limitations.
?Contrary to rumor, Sebring's 12-hour endurance race will not be shifted from Florida to Riverside, Calif. "We were considering it," said Sebring Race Director Alec Ulmann, "until the Riverside Grand Prix fiasco. We ran a fine race (SI, Nov. 28), but the local people messed up all our publicity. We won't go out there until they change their attitude."
Put six experienced hunters inside a mile-square fenced woodland. Then add 39 deer. Question: how long before one of the hunters spots a deer? Michigan scientists recently made this test. The answer: four days.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT