Its not exactly playing chess with death, but it comes damn close. IHT reports on the macabre trial of a Russian mass murderer who marked off his dead on a chessboard.... "One by one, the squares on the chessboard filled up with numbers — each commemorating a murder. Alexander Pichushkin allegedly killed most of his victims in a Moscow park, smashing their skulls with a hammer or throwing them into sewage pits after getting them drunk. He boasted he had nearly reached the last square, No. 64, by the time police captured him last year."