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February 14, 2008

Bobby Fischer

Dick Cavett - Was It Only A Game “Among this year’s worst news, for me, was the death of Bobby Fischer. Telling a friend this, I got, “Are you out of your bloody mind? He was a Nazi-praising raving lunatic and anti-Semite. Death is too good for him.” He did, indeed, become all that. But none of it describes the man I knew. Towering genius, riches, international fame and a far from normal childhood might be too heady a mix for anyone to handle. For him they proved fatal. I’m still sad about his death. In our three encounters on my late-night show, I became quite fond of him.” (tip to Joseph)...

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January 18, 2008

Bobby Fischer

Most of us don't pick our time of death, and most of us would like to get their four score, but it doesn't always work out the way we would like. I don't have the details of Fischers last days, nor do I think there is any significance to the fact that he died at age 64 the number of squares on the chessboard he loved. But it is somehow fitting that 64 is how it turned out. He was always eccentric, but his games, oh those games. I'll be spending some time today playing through some of his best. and here are his games from the 1972 World Championship . We owe Bobby a great deal, he was, and still is an inspiration for many who play the game. He brought the World Championship title to the United States and spawned a whole new generation of chessplayers. He'll be missed. World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer Dies at 64 Bobby Fischer, the chess genius who careened during his life from Cold War hero to eccentric international exile, died yesterday in Iceland, where he had lived since 2005. He was 64. Fischer's spokesman, Gardar Sverrisson, told wire services that the former world chess champion died at a Reykjavik hospital. No cause of death was given. A solitary and combative figure, Fischer was born in Chicago, grew up in Brooklyn, and by age 15 had attained the rank of grandmaster. He thrilled Americans in 1972 when, at age 29, he dethroned Russian grandmaster and world champion Boris Spassky in a 24-game match in the Icelandic capital. He was the only American to ever hold the title....

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January 5, 2008

Chess or Alzheimers

Interview of David Shenk author of The Immortal Game: A History of Chess I'm not sure if there is more than anecdotal evidence that playing chess will stop or slow the onset of Alzheimers, but it's a great game and one I enjoy. If any of you play on ICC say hi if you see me playing. My handle there, if you believe this is onegoodmove. E','target','myself','enablejavascript','true'); // --> Quicktime Video 6 MB | Duration: 04'15 Quicktime 7 required This file is available for download here. Ctrl-Click and 'Download Linked File' (Mac) or Rt-Click and 'Save Target As' (PC) the link above....

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