The nub of Bobby's
argument was that the Soviet players operate as a team against Western players,
who play as individuals. In Curacao last summer the four leading Russians drew
virtually all their games with each other, often after only 14 or 15 moves.
With a majority of the players in the finals, they could, if necessary, throw
their games to the strongest Russian to keep a player from another country from
A chess magazine
in The Netherlands reprinted Fischer's article. So did a popular magazine in
Germany and a Swedish periodical. In Iceland the local Communist party launched
a violent attack on Bobby, and the resulting controversy finally led to demands
that his original article appear in the non-Communist press. It was reprinted
in the European edition of LIFE and in LIFE EN ESPA�OL, then was read over
Radio Free Europe.
Last month the
F�d�ration Internationale des Echecs, the governing body of international
chess, announced new rules for the challengers' tournaments. Hereafter there
can be no draws until the players have made at least 30 moves. And
quarter-finals, semifinals and a final 12-game match between the two leaders is
to replace the round-robin system that resulted in the scandal in Curacao. The
complicated zonal system that insures a preponderance of Russians at the
challengers' tournament was left unchanged, so the conditions that Bobby
complained about are not necessarily ended, but the reform is at least in the
right direction. In a full-dress attack Izvestia called Bobby a quarrelsome,
bad-tempered child, but no Russian newspaper has yet told its readers what
The Dodgers didn't
quite make it to New York last week, but another batch of Angelenos did. The
batch: hot-rod enthusiasts, led by Ed Roth, the Crazy Painter, car customizer
extraordinary and creator of the Weirdo shirt (SI cover, April 24, 1961). The
occasion was New York's first National Hot Rod & Custom Car Show. For four
days capacity crowds of kids gaped and gasped at the far-out machines assembled
in the Coliseum. Some of the goodies:
1) Roth's Ro-Tar,
an air car powered by propellers mounted on two Triumph motorcycle engines.
"There is a remote possibility," Roth said, "that this will be the
first car to reach the moon."
2) The Hairy
Canary, George Barns' customized 1963 Thunderbird. The Canary has a "lime
chrome star flake" paint job and an interior done in lime-gold broadcloth
and Angora fur.
3) The Bobby Darin
Dream Car, a hand-shaped $150,000 creation with an aluminum body topped by 30
coats of "Rustic Pearl" paint containing an infusion of diamond dust
from Sweden. Owner Andy DiDia of Detroit took seven years to build this one.
"I own it, I let Darin use it," says DiDia, a short, trim man with a
pencil-thin mustache. "I design men's clothing for entertainers. Names I
don't want to bring out."
New Yorkers held
their own. Bob Carducci of Brooklyn opposed the Bobby Darin Dream Car with his
Fabian Continental—a 1948 Chevrolet featuring a red-and-white phone next to the
steering wheel, a 45 rpm phonograph in the front seat, a bar in the rear seat
and a TV set in the trunk. Chester Landau of Long Island had "a real
eyeball-grabber" in his gold 1960 BMW motorcycle. Billed as "rebuilt
from a total wreck" by Ghost Motorcycle Sales, the machine was designed to
resemble an improbable alligator. Before the show opened, Landau, wearing gold
leather jacket, gold pants and gold crash helmet, tooled into town by way of
Greenwich Village. "Within 20 minutes," he said proudly, "I
attracted a crowd of 3,000, bottled up a main intersection, got $120 worth of
parking tickets and a warning from the police commissioner or somebody about
inciting a riot."
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