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Bobby Fischer in 1992.

Concerning Bobby Fischer, I have noticed the existence of -to put it midly- “two schools of thought”.  One of these analizes / studies his life  and Ches career mentioning all sort of facts but not taking sides, not drawing blood/ from the affairs Fischer was involved or provoked especially after 1992. The other dismisses Fischer’s whole life on account of the behaviour he showed in the last part of his life, when he railed against the Jews, severely criticized/insulted the USA even supporting what the Americans may hate most, and so on. They are not ready to save any part of Bobby’s life and what is worse: they do not understand -and in some cases severely attack- the people who keep on admiring him by his Chess.

I have read that some people (GMs included) admitted admiring Kasparov as a chessplayer but not as a man (this is simply an instance). The same happens with Karpov, Korchnoi, etc.  After 1972 Fischer vanished from the Chess scene. In 1975 he did not accept the conditions imposed by FIDE and lost the World Title without playing a single game against Anatoly Karpov. Only a few people knew of Fischer’s whereabouts. Apparently he held contacts with Karpov and other people but everything came to nothing. He seemed to be sliding down a dangerous path. Nevertheless, in 1992, he reappeared in a match vs. Boris Spassky and the world -at first- went mad with delight. But the match took part in Serbia , a country at war and with strong sanctions on the part of the USA and the international community. Fischer, defying his government went and played. Consequently, he put himself out of the law: he could never go back to the States (curiously enough, nothing happened to Boris in France…) ,was put in a list of wanted-people  : the American authorities wanted him back to take him to court, etc.  Fischer did and said many things he should not have done and said. But the problem was that he continued saying those things after  1992…

I confess myself a Fischer Chess  admirer in the same way I find it totally unacceptable what he said to journalists and radio stations (mainly in the Philippines and Argentina)/mass media in general  after 1992. He had reached a no-return point -personally and mentally-  and was convinced that what he was doing was in self-defence. After many problems -including that of being jailed in Japan and being aware that if he had been deported to the USA things would have been even worse, he managed to reach Iceland where he died in 2008. This story is well-known. (As it is that he had been arrested,abused and mistreated in Pasadena, that some people simply made disappear many of his things he kept in a store, and many other facts concerning his life after 1972)

But Fischer’s case was not the first one. Remember what happened to  European players who played in Germany during the Nazi period… A case in point is Alekhine (others had troubles, but managed to overcome them :Bogoljubow, Keres, etc.). The problem of Alekhine was that apart from playing in Nazi Germany, hate the Soviets, etc., he was accused of writing some anti-Jew pamphlets. This story is far from clear: many people claim that he was the author. Others claim he was not. I am not going to labour upon this point. In that troubled post WW2 world, Alekhine found himself accused, blamed for and, finally, guilty of  collusion with the Nazi regime. Different people in different countries attacked him mercilessly. He managed to reach Spain where he  was supported by some Spanish players (a Spain in sheer poverty after its Civil War, by the way), and then he went to Portugal where he died (more or less mysteriously…). In his native country things towards him had started to change thanks to , among others ,  Botvinnik but it was too late.

In both cases the truth has two sides: the people who ferociously attacked Alekhine and the US authorities in Fischer’s case could have been a little more understanding and flexible, and in both Alekhine’s  and Fischer’s cases, they could have avoided doing what they did . But Bobby was at war against his country.

But when passion rages, it is very dificult to think  in a cold way… Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you take this or that path without knowing why… In the case of public figures this can be absolutely destructive. In life, like in Chess, we are responsible for the moves we make. Some of them may be corrected later, but others are serious mistakes. And if we persist, the game is lost…

I am sure most of you already knew these stories. And know it is up to you -if you had not thought much about it- to decide what your position is.

We can admire the artist and hate/not admire the person behind.  Or we can hate the artist because we hate/cannot accept the person behind.

I suppose that the people who defend the second option will not admire painters, music composers/conductors , writers  etc. with “doubtful” personal stories either -for the sake of being consequent with their thoughts-…

But  I think  that  what we should not do, is to try to impose our vision/opinion on other people, in case we , at last, end up falling in the same error we so readily criticise on others…


Now here are some positions from Fischer’s games for you to solve and the solutions.  (In all positions it is Fischer’s turn):

1.–  Bisguier-Fischer, US Chess Championship 1966.

2.–  Fischer-Mednis US. Chess Championship 1957-58

3.-  Fischer-Dely, Skopje 1967

4.-  Fischer-Bisguier, US. Chess Championship 1959


1.: 38. …, g4! 39.Qg4: (39. Rf5 Rh1: 40. Kh1: Rc1 41. Kh2 hg  x) 39…, Qg4: 40. hg Kg7! (the idea is …hg/ 42. Ng3 Rh8)  41. Rf5 Rh1:  /0-1 (If 42. Kh1: Rc1 43. Kh2 hg  44. Kh3 Rh1  x)

2.: 32. Re6:!! Ba3 (32…, Ke6:  33. Qg4 Kf7  34. e6! Kf8  35.Qg6 +-) 33. Na3: Ke6: 34. Qg4 Ke7  35. Rf2 Re8 36. Qg5 Kd7 37. Rf7 Kc8 38. Qf5 Kb8 39. Qd7  1-0

3.:  1. Be6: fe6: 2. Rf8: Qf8: 3. Qa4  1-0 (If 3… b5  -3…Kd8/4.Bb6- then 4. Qe4: Rd8  5. Qc6 Rd7 6. Rd1 Qe7 7. Rd3 and now 8. Bg5 +-)

4.: 1. Qa3! Kd3  2. Kb3 Kd2 3. Ka4 Kc2  4. b4  1-0





Written by QChess

May 12, 2012 at 6:35 am

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