THE body of chess genius Bobby Fischer will be exhumed using the classic ‘Trompowsky Desecration’, it was confirmed last night.
Authorities in Iceland said the exhumation of the former world champion should be a tense encounter with both sides keen to establish dominance early on.
Fjrdn Bjrnssn, one of Iceland’s most enigmatic legal gravediggers, will remove the casket before prising off the lid using the Larsen’s Opening, a move that is sure to delight chess exhumation fans all over the world.
It is the latest round of a best of five series, with Fischer battling to regain the initiative after his opponent’s highly effective Filipino Paternity Gambit.
Pundits say Fischer will either respond with a typical Eisenberg Variation before moving on to the Tamarkin Counter-Gambit of the Zilbermints Benoni, or he might just lie there and do absolutely nothing.
Julian Cook, editor of Hot Chess, said: “Fischer hasn’t played a competitive match for nearly six years so it may take him a while to warm up.
“If he does bring out the Tamarkin-Zilbermints it’s going to be a fantastic match. But if he offers something like a Petrosian Variation or the Evans Upside-Down Giraffe then we may as well whack him on the head with a frying pan and nail the lid back down.
“That said, my gut feeling is he won’t move a muscle.”
Iceland’s opening move is named after the gratuitous, two-pronged exhumation of a neighbour’s cat by Brazilian grand master Octavio Trompowsky de Almeida in 1959.
Trompowsky died in 1984 but was himself exhumed three years later with a Richter-Veresov Attack by the Russian grandmaster Victor Korchnoi, who claimed the Brazilian had stolen his watch.