What a disappointment! How could you put anyone but Tremendous Trevino on your July 24 cover? And that Nicklaus-slanted article (Slamming the Door on Jack)—wow! Go get 'em, Lee.
SEYMOUR KOVNAT, D.D.S.
I am disappointed in the way SI claimed Lee Trevino had a "lucky win." I consider Mr. Trevino one of the top golfers—if not the top golfer—in the world. If Jack Nicklaus had come back six strokes and won, would it have been a "miracle win" or a superb game of golf?
My congratulations to Dan Jenkins on a great article about Lee Trevino's British Open victory. I pay tribute to Super Mex, who managed to survive Jack Nicklaus' powerful charge. Even though I'm a Trevino fan, I also pay tribute to Nicklaus, who came ever so close after shaving six strokes off par before bogeying 16.
Re Dan Jenkins' remark about "the awkward, silly, faraway sound of bagpipes," I am sure he did not make that comment in Scotland. If he had, the littlest man in all of Scotland would have stuffed him in a haggis and fed him to the Loch Ness Monster!
Being fans of Bobby Fischer and avid fans of championship chess, we found Roy Blount's article (Boris in Wonderland, July 24) quite annoying. He is so quick to criticize things that he really does not understand. Fischer's actions are part of his plan to outwit Spassky. It is also evident that these actions are as much a part of his game as his use of the Nimzo-Indian or Sicilian defense. Chess is Fischer's whole life. Let him live and play in his own manner.
Cherry Hill, N.J.
What is this match for? The entertainment of the public or to establish the world chess champion? I agree Bobby Fischer should have thought over the consequences of selling the camera rights beforehand, but it is his privilege to have the cameras removed. Instead of condemning Fischer, let's praise him for his wizardry at chess. If I were competing for the world title I would demand perfect conditions. Wouldn't you?
Ask ballplayers about the conditions of the parks they perform in, or boxers about some of the rings they have fought in. Consider the warped floors basketball players have to contend with, or the gravel pits football stars put up with, or the cow pastures golfers are required to chip and putt on. Any athlete who is paid for a performance should have one thing in mind, and that is to play to his utmost ability to please the spectators who support the game. Winning isn't everything, as proven by the composure and poise of Jack Nicklaus at Muirfield.
My advice to Bobby Fischer is twofold: he should either enter the field of opera or write a book entitled How To Be the No. 1 Crybaby.
WILLIAM D. SIEDLECKI
Roy Blount Jr. has written a fine and well considered article on the game of chess, and I applaud his literary accomplishment. However, I must disagree with his statement that Bobby Fischer is at his best in a back-room situation. Bobby showed that he can win in the larger arena by taking the fifth game in 27 moves and evening the series at 2� points each. I am sure that Bobby will continue to perform well wherever he plays, and that he will end the Soviet Union's chess dominance by returning with the world championship.
DOWN FROM OLYMPUS
William Johnson put together quite an article (Defender of the Faith, July 24). Avery Brundage is indeed a very difficult man to classify.