Bobby Fischer

Robert James Fischer died last week in Iceland.

Yes, he was a kook, clearly mentally unstable, and in his later years a certifiable anti-semetic lunatic, but this does not outweigh his genius as one of the best Chess players of all time.

One of his career highlights was the 13th game of his 1972 world championship match against Boris Spassky.

My tribute to Bobby Fischer is an audio representation of this championship game.

An equal-tempered 16-tone scale is used, and each square on the board has one white and one black note, each one step apart. The notes increase from left to right across the board, and by octaves from bottom to top. Each move results in two notes, one for the starting square and one for the ending square. In the case of castling, the King’s move is represented and then the Rook’s, resulting in four notes.

The 8 octaves required result in an overly large range of notes. A good playback system is required to reproduce all of them. I am planning a second version which uses a different translation scheme.

The general idea is to develop a counterpoint of ascending white moves (Spassky) and descending black moves (Fischer). This is most pronounced in the opening. The middle game is quite nice, as Fischer and Spassky fight for control of the center.

Spassky Vs. Fischer 1972 Game 13


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