Bobby Fischer 1943-2008

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 Bobby Fischer, the reclusive American chess master who became a Cold War icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky as world champion in 1972, has died. He was 64. Fischer died Thursday in a Reykjavik hospital, his spokesman, Gardar Sverrisson, said. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.Born in Chicago and raised in Brooklyn, Robert James Fischer was a U.S. chess champion at 14 and a grand master at 15. He beat Spassky in a series of games in Reykjavik to claim America’s first world chess championship in more than a century

Fischer lived in secret outside the United States but emerged in 1992 to confront Spassky again, in a highly publicized match in Yugoslavia. Fischer beat Spassky 10-5 to win $3.35 million.

He also announced he had abandoned chess in 1996 and launched a new version in Argentina, “Fischerandom,” a computerized shuffler that randomly distributes chess pieces on the back row of the board at the start of each game.Fischer told reporters that he was finished with a chess world he regarded as corrupt, and sparred with U.S. journalists who asked about his anti-American tirades.”The United States is evil. There’s this axis of evil. What about the allies of evil – the United States, England, Japan, Australia? These are the evildoers,” Fischer said.In his final years, Fischer railed against the chess establishment, alleging that the outcomes of many top-level chess matches were decided in advance.Instead, he championed his concept of random chess.

“I don’t play the old chess,” he told reporters upon arrival in Iceland. “But obviously if I did, I would be the best.”

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2 Responses to “Bobby Fischer 1943-2008”

  1. Brandon S. Says:

    You forgot to mention all his Anti-Semitic rants along with his Anti-America Rants. Dude was a self hating Jew

  2. cutthroatkids Says:

    Your right he was a self hating jew his mom was jewish right? I try to only highlight the positive about the dead ya know…..

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