In a recent episode of The West Wing, there was a reference to Balducci. (It may not be a recent episode in the US, but it was recently transmitted in the UK.)
The president was playing chess, and his opponent played P-K4 (as white) to start, and the president observed that that was the Captain Evans Gambit. And yes, on whites fourth move, it transpires that it was the Evans Gambit. (And I happen to know that the Evans concerned was actually a Captain Evans.) But there was no way that black could know from the first move that white would employ the Evans Gambit.
So that made me think that the whole chess thing in The West Wing was a bit of a p*ss take.
And in the next game, the president announced that the opening was the Balducci. The Balducci isnt a chess opening that Ive ever heard of, but that proves nothing. More to the point, it isnt in my copy of the encyclopaedic Modern Chess Openings.
Coupled with the earlier preposterous statement about the Evans Gambit, I wondered whether this was a jokey allusion to the Balducci Levitation?