Following up on last Thursday’s surfing (which got over 50,000 views), today I move in a completely different direction on the ‘net and find a lot of inspiration. Potpourri, nonsense, trying to be serious (at times!), and so on. It is the ‘net. It takes us places and is an adventure. All that is required is to have an open mind…Enjoy!
I was watching TV the other night with my wife, the FOX CRIME channel, in particular the Poirot series and I really enjoyed ‘The Big Four‘, an adaptation of the 1927 Agatha Christie novel which revolved around solving a mystery that began with a chess match at which one of the grandmaster’s died unexpectedly while playing his third move:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 (opponent suddenly keels over and dies) 0-1
I have to say that I really enjoyed it, descriptive notation and all! Infact, fate would have it that I have recently been watching a lot of oldish films where chess is an integral part of the plot. Is it just my imagination, or can it be true that chess has always been part of Hollywood? (Food for thought for a later blog?!)
Deadlier than the Male is a 1967 mystery drama that might be considered something of a James Bond-ripoff that apparently was all the rage back then.
You can actually find the entire film over at YouTube, and a short synopsis can be found HERE.
But the best part of the film (for me) is a scene near the end where the film’s star and his arch-rival settle things once and for all in a GIANT ROBOT chess game:
AN INTRIGUING PHOTO!