Thursday; September 4, 1975
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, September 4, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Sevet
Daring duo cracks world chess record
By PAULINE LUBENS local chess player. He and Sue
After a grueling 87 hours, 33 Franklin, Women's State Chess
minute stretch from chess game Champion, acted as promoters
to chess game, Bob Beinish and of the event.
Steve Feldman brought another THEvFINAL lopsided score
mark of distinction to Ann Ar- was 542 games for Feldman, a
bor by setting the new Guinness seven-time State Junior Chess
World Record for marathon Champion, and a mere 70 for
"speed" chess. I Beinish.
The four-day event developed
Amid champagne bottles pop into more of a festival than a
ping, whistles and cheers, themathn
two chess men ushered in the marathon.
morning of Monday, February 9 As co-promoter Sue Franklin
by breaking the existing 87 hour, put it, "It was like a chess
3 minute record. Woodstock."
The marathon, held in David's There were a slew of enter-
Books, 529 E. Liberty, was the tainers, jokers, babblers and
brainchild of Joe Fucini, an avid babysitters drawn in with the
(Continued from Page 3) where in the theater and hear
theater drops its regular $2.50 someone whispering to a friend,
ticket price to a buck, seemed "Get ready for this next scene,
almost as dangerous as jumping it's really good."
in the ocean next to the 25-foot- W
longshark featured in the film. . WiHY DO people keep return-
"Those Wednesday afternoon gto a movie whichhas plot
prices were a mistake" com- that can be recounted in 30
mented Worden, "becausecthe seconds? Worden theorized, "I
crodsareunearbl thn. guess it's because people enjoy
being scared . . - I can tell
BUT UNBEARABLE or not, where the movie is at just by
the Butterfield Theater chain the screaming or cheers from
plans to draw customers in for the audience."
15 weeks, ending the record-long Apparently some people do
run sometime this month. like to have their hair stand on
This should not prove too end, which Jaws certainly does.
tough, as many of the terror- One little boy, when asked by
starved people seeing Jaws re- his mother if he liked the movie,
turn for a second and third responded, "I hated it." How-
time. ever, as he stepped into the
After only one week of show- street, asked her, "When can
ing Jaws, one could sit any- we go again?"
lunch-hour crowds who stopped
by' the book store to check the
deterioration of the endurance
WHILE RADIO journalists
fired questions at Beinish, two
other chess enthusiasts would be
trying their own skill at "speed"
Most important, though, were
the unsung heroes who cheered
the players from the sidelines
and braved the icy weather in
search of sandwiches, drinks
and other delights the players
Those were the folks Beinish
and Feldman referred to affec-
tionately as "the babysitters,"
led by co-promoters Franklin
THE STORE was also open 24
hours to liven the atmosphere
and encourage interested spec-
tators. They requested witnesses
at all times to give their feat
"We need proof to show the
Guinness Book of World Rec-
ords that we are official,"
The seven-time state Junior
Champion claimed that "speed"
chess equalizes differences in
chess talent and a large factor
is endurance. He predicted a de-
terioration in the game's quality
as the marathon continued.
IN ADDITION to seeking the
personal satisfaction they re-
ceived for breaking the record,
Beinish and Feldman claimed
they were also motivated by a
deep concern for the lack of
public awareness and support of
"Ann Arbor is the chess cap-
ital of the Midwest," Steve said,
"yet its popularity seems to be
waning." Both players ex-
pressed hope that the mara-
thon's publicity would give lo-
cal chess a boost.
While both players were con-
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