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    Chess Champion Bobby Fischer, Dead At 64

    Damn...That Fischer/Spassky match-up in 1972 was a huge deal in my youth.

    World chess champion Bobby Fischer dies



    By GUDJON HELGASON, Associated Press Writer 43 minutes ago

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Bobby Fischer, the reclusive American chess master who became a Cold War icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky as world champion in 1972, has died. He was 64.

    Fischer died Thursday in a Reykjavik hospital, his spokesman, Gardar Sverrisson, said. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.

    Born in Chicago and raised in Brooklyn, Robert James Fischer was a U.S. chess champion at 14 and a grand master at 15. He beat Spassky in a series of games in Reykjavik to claim America's first world chess championship in more than a century.

    The event had tremendous symbolic importance, pitting the intensely individualistic young American against a product of the grim and soulless Soviet Union.

    It also was marked by Fischer's odd behavior — possibly calculated psychological warfare against Spassky — that ranged from arriving two days late to complaining about the lighting, TV cameras, the spectators, even the shine on the table.

    Spassky said in a brief phone call from France, where he lives, that he was "very sorry" to hear of Fischer's death.

    Former Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov said Fischer's conquest of the chess world in the 1960s was "a revolutionary breakthrough" for the game.

    But Fischer's reputation as a chess genius soon was eclipsed by his idiosyncrasies. He lost his world title in 1975 after refusing to defend it against Anatoly Karpov. He dropped out of competitive chess and largely out of view, emerging occasionally to make erratic and often anti-Semitic comments, although his mother was Jewish.

    "The tragedy is that he left this world too early, and his extravagant life and scandalous statements did not contribute to the popularity of chess," Kasparov told The Associated Press.

    Fischer lived in secret outside the United States but emerged in 1992 to confront Spassky again, in a highly publicized match in Yugoslavia. Fischer beat Spassky 10-5 to win $3.35 million.

    The U.S. government said Fischer's playing the match violated U.N. sanctions against Yugoslavia, imposed for Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic's role in fomenting war in the Balkans.

    Over the years, Fischer gave occasional interviews with a radio station in the Philippines, often digressing into anti-Semitic rants and accusing American officials of hounding him.

    He praised the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying America should be "wiped out," and described Jews as "thieving, lying bastards." His mother was Jewish.

    He also announced he had abandoned chess in 1996 and launched a new version in Argentina, "Fischerandom," a computerized shuffler that randomly distributes chess pieces on the back row of the board at the start of each game.

    Fischer claimed it would bring the fun back into the game and rid it of cheats.

    In July 2004, Fischer was arrested in Japan and threatened with extradition to the United States to face sanctions-busting charges. He spent nine months in custody before the dispute was resolved when Iceland — a chess-mad nation and site of his greatest triumph — granted him citizenship.

    Fischer told reporters that he was finished with a chess world he regarded as corrupt, and sparred with U.S. journalists who asked about his anti-American tirades.

    "The United States is evil. There's this axis of evil. What about the allies of evil — the United States, England, Japan, Australia? These are the evildoers," Fischer said.

    In his final years, Fischer railed against the chess establishment, alleging that the outcomes of many top-level chess matches were decided in advance.

    Instead, he championed his concept of random chess.

    "I don't play the old chess," he told reporters upon arrival in Iceland. "But obviously if I did, I would be the best."


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    so he renounced his US citizenship and praised the attacks on 9.11.01 and made anti-semitic remarks although hes half jewish? fuck him.
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    i've always thoguht of him as one of those very very rare cases where someone's genius is counter-balanced by insanity...

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    Yeah, he was a whack job.
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    I had never realized just how insane this guy had gotten until I saw a piece on ESPN about him done by Jeremy Schaap. Jeremy tracked him down to talk to him because Bobby and Jeremy's dad were very close. It ended with Bobby Fischer spouting anit-semetic remarks about Schaap's father. Just sad.

    Obviously this guy was not right in the head. Let's hope he is of right mind wherever he is now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    I had never realized just how insane this guy had gotten until I saw a piece on ESPN about him done by Jeremy Schaap. Jeremy tracked him down to talk to him because Bobby and Jeremy's dad were very close. It ended with Bobby Fischer spouting anit-semetic remarks about Schaap's father. Just sad.

    Obviously this guy was not right in the head. Let's hope he is of right mind wherever he is now.
    Thank you. I saw the piece that Dick Shaap's kid produced as well, and was left staring slack jawed at the screen while watching it. Mental illness is not something to be joked about, nor is someone worthy of condemnation for the acts and statements that occur while suffering from it.

    This guy at one time possessed sparkling competitive desire, along with a brilliant mind that deteriorated horribly, leading to madness. He is worthy of more pity than scorn.
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    I AGREE, i saw that outside the line show . where fischer just kept giving the host a hard time and asking about his dad.( jeremy & jeremy schapp )


    so check mate bobby fischer...............
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    He could never touch me.

    A little more volume in the headphones please.

 

 

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