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Chess

14 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 5 hours, 23 min)
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"End Game"



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More than a millennia and a half ago, during the Golden Age of India, a handsome prince led his army on the field. Alas, his enemies outmaneuvered the prince and he was killed in the battle. It fell to his older brother, who was also at the battle, to explain to their grieving mother how her darling son was lost. To help her understand, the elder prince took some pieces from a board game and moved them to demonstrate how the younger prince was defeated.

Bogart playing chess

This is just one of several mythical origins of the game of Chess. Chaturanga, which means the four divisions of the army, was played in the seventh century. The four divisions were the infantry, the cavalry, the elephantry, and the charioteers. These would evolve into pawns, knights, bishops, and rooks, all of whom were meant to protect the King.

The game spread from India to Persia, where the rule was added that a player must declare "shah mat" (Checkmate) when that piece was captured. Traders along the Silk Road brought the pastime to Muslim Arabia. The Arabs changed the pieces to abstract figures because the Koran discouraged carven idols. Chess eventually came to the court of Charlemagne, the Holy Roman Emperor.

The European form of Chess is now accepted as nearly universal, although the names of some of the pieces have local derivations. For example, the bishop on English boards is known as the fool in France. Chess is considered more than a game or a means to develop strategic thinking. It is seen as a test of intellect as well as an exercise in creativity.

The chessboard was even a battlefield of the Cold War. Russian players dominated international Chess competitions for most of the Twentieth Century, however, in 1997 Russian Grand Master Gary Kasparov was defeated by an IBM chess computer named Deep Blue.

  • Murder at Midnight, September 27, 1946, "Death Across the Board". Dr. Strand stops at a shop and spots an interesting chess set with a game in progress. The shop owner refuses to sell the set but sends the Doctor to see an even more significant chess set. Instead of ivory pieces, Strand is met by a man with a gun. Someone is playing the maddest chess game ever.
  • Counterspy, September 15, 1949, "The Case of the Hot Car Killer". Racing driver Joe Stacey is banned from the tracks. He gets involved with an interstate stolen car ring run by the nefarious Mr. Brewster. Brewster directs the cars and the drivers like a chess master, but is he as good a chess player as David Harding of the Counterspies?
  • The Whistler, September 10, 1950, "The Golden Penny". Rodney Tremont is a "fortune hunter who found his fortune, and married it". He needs someone to run his yacht and interviews Bertram Lowen, who wins the job in a chess game. Lowen has already planted Delia in the Tremont household as Mrs. Tremont's secretary. Delia is willing to consider murder to get their hands on the Tremont fortune, but Bert has a subtler plan involving more chess. Will he get away with it? The Whistler knows many things…
  • Suspense, July 31, 1960, "End Game". While driving through a blinding rainstorm on his way to a chess tournament, Charles Ross-Victor runs down an indigent man. The accident happens in front of the sheriff's house, and the lawman sees the whole thing. The sheriff is willing to forget the entire incident, as long as Victor remains in town to play chess with him, possibly for the rest of his life. 

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    14 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 5 hours, 23 min
    14 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 23 min
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    1. 14 shows - total playtime 5 hours 23 minutes
    2. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 820528 Chess Master.mp3
    3. Counterspy 490915 Hot Car Killer.mp3
    4. Eternal Light 470713 0139 Chessmaster.mp3
    5. Hall Of Fantasy 530608 29 Hand Of Botar.mp3
    6. Have Gun Will Travel 590503 024 Gunshy.mp3
    7. Inner Sanctum 430606 127 Death Across Board.mp3
    8. Murder At Midnight 460000 Death Across Board.mp3
    9. Mystery Is My Hobby 027 Woman Shoots Self.mp3
    10. Nick Carter 440508 068 House Of Death Part 2.mp3
    11. Nick Carter 471130 316 Case Of Jewelled Queen.mp3
    12. Ripley 173 Game Of Chess.mp3
    13. Ripley 349 Game Of Chess.mp3
    14. Suspense 600731 End Game.mp3
    15. Whistler 500910 432 Golden Penny.mp3
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    14 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 5 hours, 23 min
    14 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 23 min
    Add MP3 CD Collection to Cart

    1. 14 shows - total playtime 5 hours 23 minutes
    2. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 820528 Chess Master.mp3
    3. Counterspy 490915 Hot Car Killer.mp3
    4. Eternal Light 470713 0139 Chessmaster.mp3
    5. Hall Of Fantasy 530608 29 Hand Of Botar.mp3
    6. Have Gun Will Travel 590503 024 Gunshy.mp3
    7. Inner Sanctum 430606 127 Death Across Board.mp3
    8. Murder At Midnight 460000 Death Across Board.mp3
    9. Mystery Is My Hobby 027 Woman Shoots Self.mp3
    10. Nick Carter 440508 068 House Of Death Part 2.mp3
    11. Nick Carter 471130 316 Case Of Jewelled Queen.mp3
    12. Ripley 173 Game Of Chess.mp3
    13. Ripley 349 Game Of Chess.mp3
    14. Suspense 600731 End Game.mp3
    15. Whistler 500910 432 Golden Penny.mp3
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    14 recordings on 6 Audio CDs. Total playtime 5 hours, 23 min
    14 recordings on 6 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 23 min

    Chess Disc A001

    1. Mystery Is My Hobby 027 Woman Shoots Self
    2. Ripley 173 Game Of Chess
    3. Ripley 349 Game Of Chess
    4. Inner Sanctum 430606 127 Death Across Board
    5. Nick Carter 440508 068 House Of Death Part 2

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    Chess Disc A002

    1. Murder At Midnight 460000 Death Across Board
    2. Eternal Light 470713 0139 Chessmaster

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    Chess Disc A003

    1. Nick Carter 471130 316 Case Of Jewelled Queen
    2. Counterspy 490915 Hot Car Killer

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    Chess Disc A004

    1. Whistler 500910 432 Golden Penny
    2. Hall Of Fantasy 530608 29 Hand Of Botar

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    Chess Disc A005

    1. Have Gun Will Travel 590503 024 Gunshy
    2. Suspense 600731 End Game

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    Chess Disc A006

    1. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 820528 Chess Master

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