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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 07:35 AM
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."


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

 

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 07:49 AM
I was never much of a Chess player...I looked outdoors to compete, but it is a game I wsh now i had learned better.
I was still very fascinated during that whole Cold War Chess thing going on. It was big news!
I was proud of him as an American at the time when he won.
The movie "Searching for Bobby Fisher just blew me away...so good.
But...your last line about what he said just stabbed me in the heart.
I can't believe he would say such a thing.
And now, that is what I remember him for.

 

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 07:53 AM
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your last line about what he said just stabbed me in the heart.
I can't believe he would say such a thing.
And now, that is what I remember him for.


I know Vinnie. I am shocked!!

 

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 09:51 AM
Bobby Fischer went off the deep end with the anit semitism stuff several years ago big time. He berated and ripped into Jeremy Schapp a couple years ago. The man obviously was delusional. Can't think of much nice to say about him on a personal level but he was an amazing chess player back in the day.

 

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 04:11 PM
The summer that he and Boris Spassky had their chess showdown, was also the summer of the World Hockey championships, in which an all-star contingent of NHL players got bounced by the Russians in the first game, but eventually went on to win the last game of the series 6-5 on Paul Henderson's famous goal (they were coached by Harry Sinden, the GM of the Bruins at the time) -- anyways I remember thinking, sports is better than war (not that we were at war with the Russians at the time)
RIP Mr. Fischer

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 04:21 PM
A great chess player and a fascinating person. As far as the other stuff goes, reading up on him made me think he was probably mentally ill. Despite the things he said about Jews - and his father may have been Jewish also - he supposedly he stayed close to his mother until she died. With all the other odd things he did and all the paranoia in particular, it's hard to say what he was really about. Some news sources said he died of kidney disease because he didn't believe in conventional medical treatments.

Anyway, I thought the New York Times obit was terrific and well worth reading, especially for someone like me who wasn't around during Fischer's peak as a player.

 

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 05:49 PM
A brilliant chess player but obviously suffering from mental illness (how many geniuses suffer similarly). The 9/11 and anti-semantic comments are sad and I wonder what his life has been like after peaking so early. (And Vinnie - agree with you on Searching for Bobby Fisher - excellent movie!)

 

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A brilliant chess player but obviously suffering from mental illness (how many geniuses suffer similarly). The 9/11 and anti-semantic comments are sad and I wonder what his life has been like after peaking so early. (And Vinnie - agree with you on Searching for Bobby Fisher - excellent movie!)


Anti Semantic?

 

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A brilliant chess player but obviously suffering from mental illness (how many geniuses suffer similarly). The 9/11 and anti-semantic comments are sad and I wonder what his life has been like after peaking so early. (And Vinnie - agree with you on Searching for Bobby Fisher - excellent movie!)


Anti Semantic?
Or Anti Semitic.

 

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 06:42 PM
I could beat him in checkers.

 

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 07:28 PM
Checkmate

R.I.P.

Bobby, you beat the Russians when it counted the most.

 

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