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Prisons and chess

In 1960 Bobby Fischer gave a simultaneous exhibition at Rikers Island prison.  He defeated all 20 prisoners while 2,400 inmates watched the exhibition and the prison band played.  In 1971 a prisoner failed to return to Western Penitentiary from a chess match at Carnegie-Mellon University.  A week later a second prisoner escaped after a chess tournament.  The warden remarked, "I'm afraid we won't be invited back to the university if this keeps up."   In 1972 Claude Bloodgood escaped from prison after being escorted to a chess tournament.  He was captured a few weeks later.

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