The first African American Grand Master details his unorthodox education and the private chess match that defines him; a socialite trying to escape an unhappy marriage accidentally crashes the coronation of the king of Nepal; and an octogenarian makes an romantic connection with a man she worked with over a half a century before. Scroll down for the extras from this week's episode!
Photo by Amanda Kowalski
Maurice working with the junior high school chess team, the Raging Rooks, who won the National Championships in 1991. Photo by Charu Robinson.
Maurice playing blitz chess in 2001 with the Brothers at the Oxford Chess Club in Brooklyn. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.
Cynthia is in her golden years when she reconnects with a coworker from her youth and a romance blooms.
Find out how the story ends in this web-exclusive interview with The Moth’s Producing Director, Sarah Austin Jenness:
All photos courtesy Cynthia Riggs.
Howie’s first package. The archival plastic contains Cynthia’s paper towel notes to Howie and his new message in code.
The first paper towel note from Cynthia to Howie – April 1950.
Cynthia and Dr. Howard Attebery meet after more than half a century.
Cynthia’s wedding dress.