24 September 2015

That's Definitely Bobby!

My previous post on LIFE photos unearthed several of Bobby Fischer where it was easy to conclude That's Not Bobby! On top of that, where are all of the famous Harry Benson photos from the 1972 Fischer - Spassky World Championship match?

Fortunately there's another resource that I discovered about the same time, Chess Magazines on Google (December 2008), that unearths the Benson material. Here's a LIFE article by Brad Darrach featuring five Benson photos.

LIFE Magazine - Vol. 73, No. 6

Bobby is not a nasty kid - 11 Aug 1972 - Page 40

The names Darrach and Benson will be forever associated with the 1972 match, perhaps because LIFE stopped publishing weekly at the end of that year. As Wikipedia explains,

Life magazine, stylized LIFE, was an American magazine that ran weekly from 1883 to 1972, published initially as a humor and general interest magazine. Time founder Henry Luce bought the magazine in 1936, solely so that he could acquire the rights to its name, and shifted it to a role as a weekly news magazine with a strong emphasis on photojournalism. [...] The weekly Life magazine published its last issue on December 29, 1972. • Life (magazine)

For more Benson material, follow the link under the photo, tick the 'Search all issues' box, and search on 'chess' plus whatever.

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