Fischer was afraid of Karpov?

verylate wrote:

    Fischer probably wasn't so much afraid of Karpov as of his own fallibility, his own fragility. Of  being less than he wanted to be. A lot of people have called it fear of failure, and while I think that term is over simple, it will do for a bunch of amateur psychologists.

     True. Remember that a professional psychologist (Reuben Fine, also a world-class chess player) said Fischer's ego depended on his belief in himself as the world's best player. Fine predicted before the 1972 match vs Spassky that if Bobby won he would give up chess as he couldn't risk the blow to his self-image that losing his title would cause.


The problem with Fischer was there before the 1972 match: Fischer did not play in 1969.
If Spassky had not agreed to Fischer's demands, Fischer would not have been World Champion at all: the 1972 match would not have taken place or would have ended 0-2 after game 2.
If FIDE had accepted Fischer's conditions then he would have played in the Nice 1974 Olympiad.
I guess if Karpov had accepted Fischer's conditions then he would have played.
After all Fischer risked to destroy his own legend by playing the 1992 rematch after 20 years of inactivity against Spassky who had remained active.


What is the approximately strength of Fischer in the early 80s, taken into consideration about one decade of inactivity opposed to 1992. How would he fare against a young Kasparov in a theoretical match `? 

Fischer born in 43, GK in 63


Around 1982 both Karpov and Kasparov would have been stronger than Fischer.
The approximate strength of Fischer is above that of Spassky, who was still active.