Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bobby Fischer R.I.P.

ChessBase reports that Bobby Fischer has been buried in Iceland and includes a statement by Kasparov, who notes in part that "Fischer’s relentless energy exhausted everything it touched – the resources of the game itself, his opponents on and off the board, and, sadly, his own mind and body." Those looking for a touching way to remember Fischer should re-read Ralph Ginzburg's classic "Portrait of a Genius As a Young Chess Master." ChessBase includes a link to Leonard Barden's equally sad personal remembrance and obituary in The Guardian. Fischer's story was always very sad, but most chessplayers preferred to ignore that. Hat tip: The 64 Square Jungle.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Michael,

in a former blog you mentioned a tv series "Anything to win" with one issue "The mad genius of Bobby Fischer." Do you know a way to get this video (as mpeg, avi or whatever)? I already searched the internet but coudn't find anything but a few snips at youtube.

(Achim, Germany)

Wed Jan 23, 04:31:00 PM EST  

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