One of the few moves in chess that I know by name (so far) is castling. It’s an opening move, safeguards the king, moves a rook to a better position, and is the only move in chess that involves moving two pieces at once.

There are a lot more terms to learn before I can do what I want with the sequel. But I do know where to start: Bobby Fischer.

collins_with_bobby_fischerThis picture says a lot to me. Fischer is young and jubilant. His opponent is older and has his mouth set in a hard line, staring at the board.

Fischer was a diva of the chess world. Difficult, arrogant, supremely talented. Not above using distractions to win. He seemed to enjoy the game, but winning was extremely important to him.

He seems like he would have made a good Conquest.

One of the aspects of Fischer’s career is something I’m planning on implementing – in concept, at least. As a kid of 13, he played 21 games against adults, all at once, and won 19, lost one, and drew one. In just five hours.

Young Bobby Fischer Playing Multiple Chess Games

It seems like something my Conquest would do, though I don’t think she’d let anyone win. But then, she’s a lot older than Fischer.

I have so many PLANS.