A fictitious small town in N.H. is the site of the first presidential primary vote, and the results from Hartsfield's Landing, announced at 12:07 a.m., will dominate the news all day until the final tally, so Josh wants favorable press for the president, prompting to ask Donna to persuade a local couple she knows to reconsider their vote. Elsewhere, Bartlet has just returned from India with a collection of antique chess sets he gives as gifts to the staff. He plays Toby while they discuss their recent blow-up, Bartlet's insomnia and Toby's fervent belief that the president's enormous intellectual gravitas is an asset, not a liability, to the campaign. He also plays Sam as they discuss a critical detente standoff between China and Taiwan. And Charlie and C.J. stand off in a series of pranks over a missing copy of the president's private schedule. Written by
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When Bartlett tries to psych out his chess opponents, he makes factual errors.
First of all, Sams opening move (1. d3), Bartlett refers to as the "Fibonacci opening". This opening is not call that, but is the Mieses opening. Fibonacci was a famous mathematician. A quick search revealed no chess opening named after him.
In the game against Toby, Toby opens with 1. E4 which Bartlett immediately identifies as the Evans Gambit. This is nonsense as that move is the most common first move in chess and can lead to hundreds, if not thousands of possible opening or gambits. The game continues on with the Giocco Piano (correctly identified by Bartlett) and only reveals itself as the Evans Gambit on Toby's forth move, 4. b4. But there is no way Bartlett could have known this from Toby's first move. Perhaps the writer intended for Bartlett to say it after Toby's fourth move. And Bartlett isn't quite write to say (referring to the Evans Gambit) that "it's as popular today as it was back then" (when it was invented in 1820). It was very popular until Lasker developed a defense. It remains mildly popular with amateur players but rarely shows up in tournament play.
Additionally, Charlie relays a message to the president about his move as "bishop to queen's night three", While the president may be old school enough to have learned descriptive chess notation, it is unlikely that Sam (who does does not appear to be chess scholar) would use that method - if he used any at all, it would probably be the more modern algebraic notation. See more
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more