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cairo 79 ( +1 | -1 )
Albert Einstein Yes he did play chess occasionally, here is one game:

The great intellectual was interested in chess, and for many years he was a friend of the German world champion Emanuel Lasker. But when the two met they would spend more time discussing mathematics and philosophy than chess. Occasionally Einstein would actually play a game, as the following game against the physicist Robert Oppenheimer (one of the “fathers” of the atomic bomb) documents. It is a wild encounter between two of the world’s leading scientists.

Einstein – Oppenheimer, Princeton 1940 (Ruy Lopez): 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 b5 5.Bb3 Nf6 6.0-0 Nxe4 7.Re1 d5 8.a4 b4 9.d3 Nc5 10.Nxe5 Ne7 11.Qf3 f6 12.Qh5+ g6 13.Nxg6 hxg6 14.Qxh8 Nxb3 15.cxb3 Qd6 16.Bh6 Kd7 17.Bxf8 Bb7 18.Qg7 Re8 19.Nd2 c5 20.Rad1 a5 21.Nc4 dxc4 22.dxc4 Qxd1 23.Rxd1+ Kc8 24.Bxe7 1-0.

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bucklehead 116 ( +1 | -1 )
Edifying and yet disturbing... Einstein played pretty well, apparently, though I didn't like the look of that 8 a4 at all...exactly the sort of move I always find myself making in the Ruy Lopez, and pretty much always wrong. But what about Oppenheimer?? I don't entirely know what to make of that--*I* could have probably given him, a highly esteemed intellectual, a memorable beat-down, and that seems weird somehow.

Not as weird, however, not nearly as weird as the fact that marijuana activist and sometime comedian Woody Harrelson appears to have played Kasparov to a draw in 1999. (Though it should be said that the record shows him receiving some "consultations" from Yasser Seirawan. Nevertheless...would someone tell me how I could get my name attached to a Garry draw?)

[Event "Consultation"]
[Site "Prague CZE"]
[Date "1999.07.12"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Woody Harrelson"]
[Black "Kasparov"]
[ECO "C20"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "2812"]
[PlyCount "60"]

1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 Nc6 3. Bc4 Qe7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Qh4 d6 6. d3 h6 7. h3 Be6 8. Nc3
Bxc4 9. dxc4 Nd4 10. Nxd4 exd4 11. Ne2 c5 12. f3 d5 13. cxd5 Nxd5 14. Qxe7+
Nxe7 15. Bd2 O-O-O 16. O-O-O g6 17. Nf4 Bg7 18. c4 dxc3 19. Bxc3 Bxc3 20. bxc3
b6 21. c4 Nc6 22. Kb2 Rhe8 23. Rxd8+ Rxd8 24. Nd5 h5 25. a4 Kd7 26. Kc3 Ke6 27.
f4 Nd4 28. Rd1 Ne2+ 29. Kc2 Nd4+ 30. Kc3 Ne2+ 1/2-1/2