Bobby Fisher

Perhaps the greatest chess player who ever lived, he may indeed have been the most influential. That he was the most eccentric is undeniable. From Yahoo:

Fischer died Thursday in a Reykjavik hospital, his spokesman, Gardar Sverrisson, said. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.

Would Fisher in his prime beat Kasparov (or even Karpov) in his prime? I certainly do not know – I only play well enough to recognize how badly I play. But Kasparov’s legacy may ultimately be that he destroyed FIDE (the international chess federation), for good or for ill. Fisher, despite the ugly controversies that surrounded him after his career was effectively over, inspired at least one generation to play chess, and that does count as something positive.

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2 Comments on “Bobby Fisher”

  1. RobertB Says:

    Hope there is room in your appartment for your wife too and may be a chess opponent.

  2. Joe Says:

    That’s one of the great things about chess, Robert. Not only is it a cheap sport, it doesn’t take up much room! ;>
    The AstroWife and I haven’t found much time to play chess (sheesh! I haven’t played in years!) but as it happens, we’ve promised ourselves a game in the near future.


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