Ennio Morricone: “If not a composer, I would have wanted to be a chess player”
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Ennio Morricone: “If not a composer, I would have wanted to be a chess player”

Ennio Morricone (1928-2020), the Italian composer of music for dozens of top films and TV series, died today in Rome at the age of 91. As well as being one of the most influential film soundtrack writers of the last 60 years he was a keen amateur chess player who faced Boris Spassky, Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Judit Polgar and Peter Leko over the board. His father persuaded him to give up chess to focus on music, but if not for music he would have wanted to be a chess player, but “a high-level one, someone competing for the world title”.

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