Robert James Fischer, 1943-2008

Jan 19, 2008, 7:29 AM |
The great legend, Grandmaster Bobby Fischer passed away yesterday, sending shock waves all over the chess world.  He was 64 years old, symbolically representing all the 64 squares of the chessboard.  He might have been a controversial figure, but that should not take away his legacy of brilliant chess play.  I don't judge the man--I'm not worthy.  Let history do that; it's not my job.

Requiescat in pace, Bobby...

The game (see diagram) was taken from a large database of games, played in 1955 between Bobby Fischer who was only 12 years old and Ames.  Although it ended in a draw, it showcased the brilliant mind of this boy.  His 5. Bxf7+ was a good way of getting the pawn back and at the same time destroying his opponent's position.  Black has the slight advantage (bishop pair) but perhaps out of respect (or fear) for the future grandmaster, draw was agreed.