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"finding Fischer"

May 31, 2008, 9:29 AM 3

I just started getting into chess again earlier this year and I don't remember why but I started to think about the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer"(for those of you who haven't seen the movie I strongly suggest you do, especially if you're a chess lover).  I remember seeing the movie once when I was younger.  I didn't play chess much at the time and thought how great it would be to see it again now that my knowledge and interest in the game is much greater.  I was living in an apartment with a girl friend at the time and I wouldn't stop talking about it.  I told her about Josh Waitzkin and how he became a strong player at such a young age.  I went on about Bobby Fischer and how he became a cold war icon by defeating the Russians and becoming world champion.  Eventually she would just roll her eyes because I tend to talk her ears off when it comes to chess.  I became more excited and couldn't wait to see the movie.  I couldn't rent the movie because they didn't carry it.  I didn't order it on-line cause I didn't want to wait, so I decided to wake up early the next morning and purchase it.  I went to bed with plans of watching the movie tomorrow evening with my girlfriend.....I couldn't wait!  Sure enough morning came and I got ready to go.  I wanted to check my e-mail before I left.  I turned on my computer and clicked on my in-box....but wait....what was that on the news page.....a chess match?!  I went back and it was a chess match.  It was Spassky and Fischer!   The caption read: Bobby Fischer dies at 64 in Iceland.  For a second I thought I was seeing things, then the phone rang.  It was my girlfriend saying, "Did you know Bobby Fischer died today, isn't that crazy.....".  It was crazy.  A hell of a coincidence.  No, I didn't cry.  I went looking for the movie.  Determined to find it I arrived at my 5th store; a video exchange.  It took a while but I found one lone VHS copy(probably the only one in the whole city).  I dusted it off, took it home and watched it with my girlfriend.  Best $1.99 I ever spent.  Thanks for listening.  -MStewart

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