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  • September 8, 2004

    By 2004, Gothic Chess had made serious progress in terms of boards & pieces sold, and people wanting to be members of the organization and play in tournaments for cash prizes. Six of the original seven part-time members of the Gothic Chess Association were all gone, and the Gothic Chess Federation now had a staff of 12 full-time workers. I had moved to Doylestown at this time, a town which was full of creative types, artists who had their own shops, a movie theatre that showcased mostly foreign films without subtitles, and a chess club where they still played primarily attacking lines from the Old Italian School of Greco.

    I would give simultaneous exhibitions of Gothic Chess outside the local coffee shop, attracting dozens of onlookers, and I could sell 10-12 sets before 10 AM on most days. The people of this town loved Gothic Chess, and it was not long before a reporter covered a story about our enterprise.

    Within a year, chess legend Garry Kasparov would retire (in frustration) from chess. He felt he was being twarted in his attempt to climb the rungs to challenge for the right to play for the title of World Chess Champion, a title he held from 1984 until 2000. There was a schism in the chess world from 1993-2000, and even so, he was still regarded as the strongest chess player in the world when retiring in 2005. It was soon after, we heard from Bobby Fischer, who was interested in playing Gothic Chess against his old Cold War rival, Anatoly Karpov.

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