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Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Twin Peaks versus Chess
Lauded by critics, loved by fans, the first sixteen episodes of TV classic Twin Peaks see FBI Agent Dale Cooper and viewers alike gripped by the question: who killed Laura Palmer? Case solved, Cooper soon faces a new challenge: a correspondence chess game with Windom Earle, his ex-partner turned madman and murderer - each piece captured in the game resulting not only in a fresh murder, but also in a complete loss of dramatic tension and the cancellation of the series a dozen or so episodes later.
Pity! And if the brilliant Twin Peaks can't make chess on TV any good, then what possibly might? Nonetheless, you can find a snipper after the jump . . .
Later 'highlights' include local chess expert Pete Martell surrounded by books and boards, searching desperately for a capture-less stalemate in the dubious position arising after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 b6 4.dxe5, and the entombing of one of Earle's victims in a giant papier-mâché knight. That and more all findable on youtube, if your eyes can bear it.