From The Publisher: Sep. 14, 1992

Day after day last week, our staffers watched with delight as Paul Gray "covered" the Fischer-Spassky chess match from his dark, smoky office in New York City. After scanning his computer for the latest wire reports on each move in Yugoslavia, Gray would spin around in a chair, duplicate the action on a chessboard on his desk and ponder the results. In light of such fanaticism, it's hard to believe that Gray is only a casual player of the sport. "Chess is a little like ballet in that if you didn't start as a child, you're not going to be very...

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