WOW!! Forgot how he looked at that age.Thks. Brings back a period of time when tech. was unknown,the russians were the chess thing and fisher was the best.
That was great aww-rats.....thanks for sharing
What a great young lad.
How did he do in the tournament?
He became a GM.
He qualified for the candidates tournament for the right to challenge Botvinnik. He said in advance, "I can draw with the GM's, and beat the patzers". Or something similar. After a shaky first two rounds where he won a lost game and saw one patzer trade him right down to a draw, he buckled down, and went undefeated I think against the Soviet murderer's row near the mid of the schedule. Then, an exciting draw with Gligorcih got him a spot. his famous win over Larsen's Dragon Sicilian was played.
Which is another way of saying what I said.
Found the cross table http://www.worldchesslinks.net/ezde3.html.
Draws with Tal, Gligorich and Petrosian pretty impressive (especially Tal that year).
Note they didn't spell poor Bob's name right!
Btw Olafsson also became a GM in that tourney, the same way that Fischer did.
Bobby was a national treasure! Too bad he wasn't treated as such even tho he brought pride to our country which was lacking in pride at the time!
Well, that's a dubious assertion at best.
Bobby should have broken out a Bananarama style song:
I heard a secret
Yes I did
Da da da da da
You're telling me
Your wicked ways
And you know I can't forget
I'm waiting for your call - all
and to regret
I didn't know you at all
You know I have a broken heart
Yes I did
do you want to know a secret?
do you promise not to tell?
let me whisper in your ear
say the words you want to hear
I think you're all Jews
ooh ooh ooh
I've known a secret for a week or two
Nobody knows, just us Jews.
Closer, let me whisper in your ear
Say the words you long to hear
I - I - I blame the Jews, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooos
I thought the notion that Fischer playing a match with Spassky breached a trade embargo ridiculous and the subsequent persecution of Fischer by the US authorities distasteful.
It did, however, afford Iceland the opportunity to show that among very many people in the world - many no doubt members here - he is regarded with respect and admiration.
To admire his achievements in the world of chess does not require acceptance of the anti-semitism that marred his latter years. But a lot of us will get a bit odd with age. We must all hope for some tolerance about such things.
Now everyone is going to say I am anti-semitic but the fact is that my parents were both Jews ...
So you hate them too?
Still, there's odd and then there's odd...
It also doesn't require attempting to ignore it or to rationalize it.
Oh yeah, that's a real taboo-bender. (lol)
shocking that the mod was smoking a cigarette on-air
the sponsor was a cigarette company--that was allowed in those days
Indeed, it was encouraged.