Mistakes Make Difference for Spartans in Loss to Hoosiers

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Mistakes Make Difference for Spartans in Loss to Hoosiers
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In a famous profile of reclusive chess genius Bobby Fischer, legendary sportswriter William Nack included an anecdote from Greek grandmaster Peter Biyiasis, who had hosted Fischer in his San Francisco home for four months in the summer of 1981. During Fischer's stay, the duo played 17 matches, and Fischer won every one of them before Biyiasis finally gave up. Biyiasis recounted the experience to Nack in a bemused way, saying "I was getting beaten, and it wasn't clear to me why. It wasn't like I made this mistake or that mistake. It was like I was being gradually outplayed, from the start."

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