Whammy Gambit

November 21, 1960

Taking a cue from Al Capp's Evil Eye Fleegle, master of the triple whammy, two of the world's greatest chess players last week demonstrated the use of the evil eye at the chess Olympics in East Germany (for results, see page 105). The world champion, Mikhail Tal (above left), has long been famous for a chessboard concentration so intense that he has been accused of hypnotizing opponents into surrender. Last week, despite the defensive attempts of his opponent, Padevsky of Bulgaria, to shield himself, Tal's lethal glare triumphed again. U.S. Champion Bobby Fischer (below right), a less accomplished starer than Tal, put a certain wistful quality into his whammy and lost to Gligoric of Yugoslavia.

TWO PHOTOSRUSSIAN CHESS CHAMP TAL DISCOUNTENANCES HIS OPPONENT, WHILE THE U.S. CHAMP, FISCHER (BELOW), IS UNABLE TO DRIVE HIS WHAMMY GLARE THROUGH DEFENSIVE YUGOSLAVIAN EYEBROWS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)