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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)

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.

Bobby Fischer

Iceland approves Bobby Fishcer residency
TOKYO -- Iceland has approved a residency permit for former chess champion Bobby Fischer, who is being detained by Japanese immigration authorities, an Iceland embassy official said Thursday.

The United States wants him back so they can prosecute him for playing chess in Yugoslavia in 1992 violating U.S. Sanctions.

The U.S. is putting pressure on Iceland not to provide him with sanctuary. Iceland has told the U.S. to take their pawn and shove it.

I hope he makes it to Iceland, he is disturbed, he is a genius, and for his chess accomplishments he should be a hero not a criminal. I think I'll just listen to the Lazy Susan's song about a chess hero of mine.

Kasparov on Fischer

Bobby Fischer was recently detained in Japan. Here is a thoughtful article on Bobby Fishcer and his chess by Gary Kasparov. Kasparov is working on a six volume series (These books are very well done and I recommend them highly) on the games of great players, and is currently working on Fischer.

Despite his short stay at the top there is little to debate about the chess of Bobby Fischer. He changed the game in a way that hadn't been seen since the late 19th century. The gap between Mr. Fischer and his contemporaries was the largest ever. He singlehandedly revitalized a game that had been stagnating under the control of the Communists of the Soviet sports hierarchy.


Despite the ugliness of his decline, Bobby Fischer deserves to be remembered for the great things he did for chess and for his immortal games. I would prefer to focus on not letting his personal tragedy become a tragedy for chess.

Bobby Fischer

It's not bin Laden but maybe this is the July surprise the Bush Administration had in mind. Deportation, a trial, and show the world how we treat our mentally ill.

Search for Former Chess Champion Ends at Tokyo Airport

OKYO, July 16 � After more than two decades of living in near obscurity, the former world chess champion Bobby Fischer has been apprehended by Japanese immigration authorities for allegedly trying to leave the country without a valid passport.
A United States Embassy official in Tokyo confirmed that Mr. Fischer was detained at Narita airport today. Japanese news reports said Mr. Fischer could be deported to the United States, where he faces charges for violating an American economic sanctions order against the former Yugoslavia by playing an exhibition match there in 1992.

Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer's Pathetic Endgame

Paranoia, hubris, and hatred the unraveling of the greatest chess player

Fischer's story doesn't follow the usual celebrity-gone-to-seed arc. He has not been brought low by drugs or alcohol, by sex scandals or profligate spending. Instead he is a victim of his own mind and of the inordinate attention that the world has given it. Fischer's paranoia, rage, and hubris have been enough to transform him into an enemy of the state; they have been enough to sabotage a brilliant career and turn a confident, charismatic figure into a dithering recluse; and, sadly, they have been enough to make us forget that when Bobby Fischer played chess, it was absolutely riveting theater, even for those who didn't play the game.

Of course he hasn't come totally unraveled he referred to George W. Bush during one of his radio interviews as "borderline retarded."

But whatever else you may think about Bobby Fishcer he has left us his games. Here is a link to his "60 Most Memorable Games" for you to play through, or download the pgn file. Pgn is a text file, pgn stands for portable game notation and many chess programs can import files in this format.

World Champions Meet She Wins

When the great Bobby Fischer was asked if women could play chess he said "I could give any woman in the world a piece and a move; to Gaprindashvili even, a knight" When Mikhail Tal heard about Fischer�s claim he is reported to have laughed and said "Fischer is Fischer, but a knight is a knight!"
During the 1930's few women played chess against the men. There was one notable exception, Vera Menchik. She was a very good chess player perhaps the first woman of Grandmaster strength. In fact she defeated so many strong players, world champions among them, that a club of sorts was formed, The Vera Menchik Club. It wasn't a good thing to be a member of the club since the only way you could get there was if you were male and lost a game to Vera. Among her victims were Max Euwe (twice), Sammy Reshevsky, Mir Sultan Khan, Sir George Thomas, C. H. O'D. Alexander, Edgar Colle, Frederick Yates, William Winter, Lajos Steiner, Frederich Saemisch, Milner-Barry, Harry Golombek, and Jacques Mieses (who lost to her four times in a match). After Vera's death there were few women who competed with the male chess players until the late eighties when the Polgar sisters burst upon the scene. Until then men were relatively safe from becoming members of any "woman's club." Well the times they are a changing. This past week the Female World Champion Zhu Chen defeated the Reigning Men's World Champion Ruslan Ponamariov playing at the F.I.D.E. Grand Prix tournament in Dubai. She drew the first game and defeated the men's champ in the second game eliminating him from contention. Chen's remarkable achievement makes her perhaps the only female world champion ever to defeat the male world champion in any sport. The men had to console themselves with the fact that former world champion Anatoly Karpov defeated her in the following round. So the debate goes on, although there are fewer now who don't believe women can compete on an equal basis with men in this mental game. For those of you who would like to see the games here are four games from the event Chen's win and draw against Ponamariov and the losses to Anatoly. Click here for additional information on the F.I.D.E. Grand Prix