Sunday, January 14, 2007

Another Fischer Article

From Guyana's Stabroek News, here is another review of Bobby Fischer's extraordinary chess career.

More than anybody else Fischer seemed to know what he represented in relation to the spirit of the time. No one paid attention to chess before Fischer. When Spassky won the World Championship title in 1969, he received US$1400 as his prize money. Before his match with Spassky, Fischer let it be known that he would not play unless the purse was at least US$50,000. There was tolerant laughter. Everybody thought Fischer was out of his mind. US$50,000 for a chess match? Who on earth would be willing to put up that sum?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This was a surprisingly good article, just when you thought everything there was to know about the reclusive and eccentric Fischer had already been written.

I guess I never paid much attention to Fischer's supposed photographic memory for games and positions.

But did he withdraw from the human race, as suggested? Or was it a case of Fischer's chess genius itself that pushed him into a self created position of extreme alienation? Maybe we'll never know.