Bobby is Dead!!

  • NM cldng
  • | Jan 18, 2008

              Bobby Fischer

              Dead at 64

              Mad Genius of Chess

                        By  NM Steve Colding


 According to the Canadian Press the most famous and controversial chess-player of our time, Robert James (Bobby) Fischer has died at the age of 64. Mr. Fischer was the only US player to become World Champion at a time where the Soviet Union had dominated chess for decades. The cause of death at the time of this writing is unclear.


 Bobby as chess-players lovingly called him became a grandmaster at the age of 14 and US champion a year later. He dominated US events and was considered the best US player for 30 years. He won the World Championship from Boris Spassky in 1972.


Fischer was an uncompromising fighter on and off the chessboard. During the world championship match with Spassky he raised the level of psychological tension to a level very rarely seen in any sporting event. Whether planned or spontaneous he added drama to what the world considered a minor sporting event.


Fischer’s conquering of the championship popularized chess worldwide. People began player from all different parts of society creating what was later to be known as the Fischer Chess Boom.


When the time came for Fischer to defend his title he made a demand then considered unfair (in later years the same demand was met in another world championship) and when the ruling chess body denied his demand he left the organized world of chess forever. Bobby always referred to himself thereafter as the true World Champion.


Bobby was considered a troubled genius who at times was his own worst enemy. 

Fischer never compromised and always believed in all his ideas thoroughly. This he carried to a ridiculous extreme. Head and Shoulders shampoo offered him a million dollars to endorse their shampoo and his reply was he didn’t use it.


In 1992 a Yugoslav benefactor arranged a $5 million match with Bobby and Boris Spassky. Bobby called this a World Championship match but Boris Spassky was way past his prime and the chess world although interested did not consider it a real world championship. Fischer won the match and $3.5 million of the purse.


Head and Shoulders shampoo was probably happy at this point that Bobby didn’t endorse their product because at this point he was balding.


Fischer had to ignore a US embargo on Yugoslavia. The US government issued a warrant for his arrest. Fischer then became a vocal critic of the US government to the point of even praising the terror attack on 9/11.


Fischer was a vicious anti-Semite making many vile and inflammatory statements on Pilipino radio. He himself said “I am not anti-Semitic, Arabs are a Semitic people and I am not against them.” Fischer’s mother was Jewish.


 Fischer was arrested at a Japanese airport in 2004, where he was accused of trying to leave the country on a revoked passport. After considering his deportation to the U.S., the authorities released him to Iceland in 2005 after the country offered him citizenship.


Robert James Fischer could arguably be the greatest chess genius of the 20th century. He like his predecessor Paul Morphy had a spectacular rise and a sad and long decline. It is a stereotype that says the line between genius and madness is a fine one but sometimes stereotypes are sadly true.


Fischer through his genius led many people to chess. He achieved his dream but at the time when he could have helped himself and the chess world he turned his back on both. We should feel sad because such a genius went so wrong but we should learn the lesson of Bobby Fischer which is unchecked ego is ruinous thing.


Bobby Fischer’s play was said to be a beautiful, clear, precise, and profound. Fischer’s games are the result of deep, thoughtful reflection and preparation. It is just a pity that these traits were present in his thoughts about his fellow human beings. Let us celebrate him as a chess-player and pity him as the man.


Update!!! Bobby's cause of death has been attributed to kidney failure.


  • 8 years ago


    R.I.P. Bobby Fischer..! Cry We will all miss you!

  • 9 years ago

    NM cldng

     To TalFan

    I am sorry you had to resort to that too. When we use profanity to try to discuss points it cheapens us all.

     In response to your opinion on whether I am qualified to judge another human being, well maybe your right, but I was duty bound to judge him by his actions and by what he has said,  just as you felt the right to judge me by my writings. As far as for my writting being filth that is your opinion which you are entitled too. Just as I am entitled to mine that Mr. Fischer was a terrible Anti- Semite that is simply the truth and truth regardless of the vile that it inspires in others, will set us free.

  • 9 years ago

    NM TheOldReb

    Fischer was US champion at age 14 and GM a year later. You have this reversed at the beginning. Its amazing that people like hinmanhouse cannot even put aside their own hatred for a living legend that has just died, even for a day. If anti-semitism is racism its racism against which race? I wonder if there wasnt a more unflattering picture to be found out there?
  • 9 years ago


    Anti-semetism is not "politics" is racism.  Fischer was a maggot.
  • 9 years ago


     some comments have made a great emphasis on his beliefs, that he was right or wrong in is his opinion about the jews. This is not politics.It's a game. I think new generation would like to know more about his matches, and his style. I don't believe he's the greatest player in history.two or three years as world champion is not enough. it was his will to abandon the official competitions.chances to play and defend his title were never denied to him.
  • 9 years ago


    He was a fellow chess player it's a shame for him to die. may he rest in peace and god bless him.Cry
  • 9 years ago


    Its a shame to see a great player like him go.May god bless him for the good things he had done and for the  bad.No ones perfect!The only thing he was perfect at was chess god bless him.My children called me at work to tell me about the i had already heard.They learned of his name through the movie searching for bobby fisher.I hope he can rest now.
  • 9 years ago

    NM cldng

    Update!!! Bobby's cause of death has been diagnosed as kidney failure.
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