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Anatoly Karpov would have been the most formidable opponent Fischer had ever faced - yet Bobby avoided the confrontation. Does anyone suggest that with Fischer's ego he would have avoided a Fischer/Karpov match if he (Fischer) thought he could win?!
If I'm not mistaken, the concensus among chess experts of the time was that Fischer would have beaten Karpov with ease...If there were other opinions (from relevent experts) I don't recall seeing them.
He's the greatest chess player ever
(And yet Greymiles still oddly considers him overrated.)
Remember, we're all supposed to be every bit as talented as he was. At least if you listen to that one fool who claims there's no such thing as talent.
Elo thought Fischer was overrated in 1972, so he lowered Fischer's rating a few points after Fsicher barely beat Spassky by only a few victories. True story.
Beat Spassky +5 in the rated games and lost 5 points. As a predictor goes, that was about as close as you could expect to get.
Few experts would predict the World Champion to lose against a comparatively untried challenger (like in Alekhine-Euwe 1935 or Kasparov-Kramnik 2000), but Fischer had stopped playing already in 1972 while Karpov had his best results that far in 1973-74 and was steadily improving. It would have been a much more difficult match for Fischer than the one he won 12.5-8.5 against Spassky. What Fischer thought is hard to say, according to others he had a very low opinion of Karpov as a chess player (as well as of Kasparov), but he certainly never wanted to play against them so maybe he was just trying to convince himself about how much better he was.
I'm not sure how you can say that it is hard to say what Fischer thought and then say he "certainly never wanted to play them."
I've never bought in to the argument that someone would spend there lives with the sole purpose of being the best at something and then be afraid to play. I'm not a member of the Fischer fan club but I don't think cowardace was one or his faults.
That he didn't want to play seems rather obvious since he chose not to play (in 1992 he wanted to play Spassky and did it so he could of course have played others if he had wanted to), it's the reason why he didn't want to play that is harder to know. Matches against stronger opponents all fell through (not only the one against Karpov, but Korchnoi, Polgar, Anand, and several others before that). To me it would make more sense if someone that spent his whole life with the sole purpose of becoming #1 would get afraid of playing after that goal is reached, rather than someone with a more relaxed attitude like Tal.
on why he didn't defend his title after winning it, here is quote from a web page excerpting his letter with what terms he wanted, and it comes down to how players who play for wins are at a disadvantage against players who play for draws-- BS chess vs playing to win: "A player should not be allowed to 'back into' retaining or winning the title by drawing the last game, the way he could in the old odious limited 24-game system. In the unlimited system, the champion must keep or take the title like a man by winning the last game."
Here is the link: http://www.bobby-fischer.net/fischer_vs_fide.htm
There are 2 main reasons why Bobby Fischer is considered over rated.
Reason 1: He is the chess equivilent of a 1 hit wonder in music.
Reason 2: People absolutely hate his racist personality & b/c of the way he thinks about certain things they want to discredit him.
Fischer didn't play any chess at all, so I wonder if all his strange demands regarding match rules (that Karpov must win 10-8 to win the title etc) were the central thing. If he had wanted to prove that he was more of a champion than Karpov he could have played tournaments the way Karpov did for decades. But Fischer just didn't want to play chess.
Fischer was sick of kissing Russian/FIDE ass and thought maybe he would no longer have to after becoming champion but he was wrong. When he saw he was wrong he simply quit..... who can blame him ? Certainly not I .
Fischer had already been retired for years (not a single game in his 2.5 years as Champion) and was maybe just looking for an excuse not to have to play. The rules he demanded were impractical, first to ten wins was bad enough even if FIDE eventually accepted, but forcing Karpov to win 10-8 was just so unfair that the most surprising thing is that FIDE were so close to give in also to that demand, it was just a question of a couple of votes.
Rpbert James fisher (Bobby) was a great chessman. He and Spassky were the cause of revolution of Chess in all the world. Before no pc´s only books,creativity, talent---
I do not consider bobby fischer overrated
In the linked page excerpting Fischer's letter to FIDE, he makes a good case for why it isn't so unfair to karpov to have to actually win the championship. How great is a system that nearly assures victory to the first one to win a single game makes certain that the "winner" will be killing any chances and forcing draws at every oppurtunity. The champ used to set the terms, and the soviets twisted the system to fit their needs. How unfair was the Botvinnik rule? Fischer wanted it to be about wins, as we all do.
He didn't just quit chess. He became a recluse because he was mentally ill. Probably schizophrenia.
10 WC-matches were played under this system. In 6 of them the player who won the first game also won the match, in 4 he didnt. Doesnt seem to be a big deal.
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