30 ( +1 | -1 ) No -- you're right in that the book had a Chinese girl who was a great chess player (as a child), and several characters fall in love, but it does not end with the girl solving a chess problem -- and I don't remember anyone falling in love at the end (and at the end, I mean in the last two pages or so).
In The Defense, perhaps you could say he was solving a chess "problem", but he did so by falling out of a window not falling in love! :)
No, it's not by Nabokov. This novel is probably one of the 10 or 20 most famous novels in all of 20th century literature, so everyone knows it, many have probably read it (or at least assigned to read it in class but didn't get around to it!).
5 ( +1 | -1 ) Give that man five silver dollars!
26 ( +1 | -1 ) You're right too easy!How about this one---Which novel, written in 1935 by a Nobel prize for literature winner. revolves around a character named Fischer, who dreams of becoming the world chess champion and buying clothes from the world's best tailors?
22 ( +1 | -1 ) Wait a momentNow do we have the correct answer to Sarah's question yet? Is it really 1984? I read that -- though it was some time ago -- and I remember no chess problem, and I thought the falling in love part came much earlier....
12 ( +1 | -1 ) Well, she did supply a hint that "it might take A YEAR for you to solve this one! ", so I guess 1984 must be it.
9 ( +1 | -1 ) Oh well, got to go searching for my copy. Do my brains really let me down at this age already? How frustrating....
29 ( +1 | -1 ) WellI would have guessed it earlier, since all the clues seem to fit (Winston solves chess problems in the papers at the end) except for the falling in love thing. I guess that refers to loving big brother or something. Honestly I have no idea what the falling in love is about :)
53 ( +1 | -1 ) 1984At the very end of the book it says he loved big brother.
olympia, man you're good. If you get the next three then I will not be worthy to sit in your presence.
1. Who was killed by a panama hat?
2. I copied the following from a well known chess book. ......... was a good chess player and the most celebrated serial killer of the 1940's. While awaiting his ultimate punishment in prison he passed the time thrashing his guards at chess (they called him Chris, the chess champion).
3.Which Grandmaster was a contestant on Groucho Marx's tv quiz show?
7 ( +1 | -1 ) 1. the father of Paul Morphy
3. Isaac Kashdan
96 ( +1 | -1 ) From the last chapter of 1984
"...A waiter, again unbidden, brought the chessboard and the current issue of the Times, with the page turned down at the chess problem...
...He examined the chess problem and set out the pieces. It was a tricky ending, involving a couple of knights. 'White to play and mate in two moves.' Winston looked up at the portrait of Big Brother. White always mates, he thought with a sort of cloudy mysticism. Always, without exception, it is so arranged. In no chess problem since the beginning of the world has black ever won. Did it not symbolize the eternal, unvarying triumph of Good over Evil? The huge face gazed back at him, full of calm power. White always mates.
...Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother. "
See, my hint did make sense! And he did fall in love... with Big Brother...
29 ( +1 | -1 ) SarahThat one really had me going, I was thinking the character was female.
Well, two out of three aint bad. #2 was made into a very good movie with Richard Attenborough and John Hurt playing the main roles. It is known as the case which ended the death penalty in England.
12 ( +1 | -1 ) SarahI just recalled an interersting coincidence---John Hurt also played Winston in the 1984 remake of 1984.
13 ( +1 | -1 ) Excellent! When they found out they had executed an innocent man for one of Christie's crimes, they abolished the death penalty.
16 ( +1 | -1 ) macheideFor some reason I didn't see your post. Of course I owe you an apology as well. I think you were very gracious in your behavior to me.
36 ( +1 | -1 ) ChristieThe movie about Christie the serial killer was "Ten Rillington Place". It's a very good movie with Richard Attenborough as Christie and John Hurt as the guy who get's blamed for one of Christie's murders. I don't remember that character's name. It's a long time since I've seen it but I don't think Christie's chess playing was in the movie. Certainly his time in jail was not included.
14 ( +1 | -1 ) Chess and love?"Solving a chess problem and falling in love"? Is it possible? In my opinion chess is too logical game for being connected with love.
12 ( +1 | -1 ) noswonkyYour right, no chess in the movie. The reference to chess was found in the book " The Complete Chess Addict" by Fox and James.