Is there Chess after Death???!!
Probably should have waited to release this blog
on Halloween (because it's kind of spooky)...
Rod Sterling would have loved it…
Victor Korchnoi (1931 - )
vs. Maróczy Géza (1870 – 1951)
Given the overlap of dates above…
at first glance...
chess between the two
would appear to have been
a normal occurrence…
EXCEPT THIS GAME BEGAN
Yep…Geza had been in the grave 34 years…
But he was still up for a chess game?
Here’s how it supposedly went down…
(or maybe up (?), as the case may be!)
The match was arranged by a Swiss doctor whose studies had included psychic mediums.
Doc then chose an “automatic-writing”
from Germany who
claimed he did not even
how to play chess
and was also willing to participate
Doc then gave the trance medium a list of dead
grandmasters and was asked to communicate with
them (the dead) to see if anybody wanted to play!
There was an answer…it was the spirit of Maróczy Geza!!
So the game began…
The trance writer waited for “a tingling in his arm”...
the spirit of Geza made the first move...
and the game was on!
(full game is displayed above)
Because Korchnoi was frequently traveling and
competing, the game went slowly on for years.
Geza’s ghost finally gave up the ghost
and resigned in 1993...
7 years and 8 months later…
after 47 moves.
Strangely, the medium died
three weeks after the completion of the game!!
And the Living Won!!!
Big surprise, huh???