Bobby Fischer (March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008)

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Re: Bobby Fischer (March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008)

Post by lewisg » Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:45 pm

It's not how he lived that counts, but how we re-write the book.
When it comes to truth it's best to use restraint.
It pays to throw away the facts and have a rose-colored look.
When he dies, Martin Bryant* will look a saint.

* Martin Bryant killed 35 people in a murderous rampage in Port Arthur, Australia.

From Chasers War on Everything: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXHleozgQ18

LJC

Re: Bobby Fischer (March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008)

Post by LJC » Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:55 pm

Chess Gator wrote:We are all aware of Bobby's issues, but I still could help feel sad and a sense of loss at Bobby passing away.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gZKs ... QD8U8923G0
wow! A complex man and he did much to further the game of chess in his playing days. Truly a legend.

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Re: Bobby Fischer (March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008)

Post by Albert Silver » Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:02 pm

lewisg wrote:It's not how he lived that counts, but how we re-write the book.
When it comes to truth it's best to use restraint.
It pays to throw away the facts and have a rose-colored look.
When he dies, Martin Bryant* will look a saint.

* Martin Bryant killed 35 people in a murderous rampage in Port Arthur, Australia.

From Chasers War on Everything: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXHleozgQ18
I didn't know the song, and admit that in spite of my sense of loss at Fischer's passing way, it was very funny.

There's a video at CNN where Kasparov is asked about Fischer's latter-life vituperations, but he pointedly said that they won't overshadow the former world champion's accomplishments until his 1972 win. It's normal, and I agree.

A great champion has gone. It's true that we barely had any contact with him, and possibly wouldn't have had anymore, but it is still one more element of an era that is irretrievably past. The only one left, being the timeless Korchnoi.

I think it's safe to say we can expect a significant influx of Fischer books and videos though.

Albert

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Re: Bobby Fischer (March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008)

Post by Norm Pollock » Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:53 pm

A great, great chess player has passed on. Too bad he suffered from mental issues, and too bad his chess career ended so soon after his match with Spassky.

I think his match with Spassky will be viewed historically as the turning point of the Cold War.

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Re: Bobby Fischer (March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008)

Post by slobo » Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:46 pm

Chess Gator wrote:We are all aware of Bobby's issues, but I still could help feel sad and a sense of loss at Bobby passing away.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gZKs ... QD8U8923G0
Glory to the Chess legend,
and to an extremely courageous human being,
Bobby Fischer.
"Well, I´m just a soul whose intentions are good,
Oh Lord, please don´t let me be misunderstood."

LJC

Re: Bobby Fischer (March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008)

Post by LJC » Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:35 pm

chessbase site is slow, prob from the hits it's getting on people getting info on Bobby's death.

Chess Gator

Re: Bobby Fischer (March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008)

Post by Chess Gator » Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:46 pm

Norm Pollock wrote:I think his match with Spassky will be viewed historically as the turning point of the Cold War.
Give me a break :roll:

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Re: Bobby Fischer (March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008)

Post by rlsuth » Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:25 pm

Chess Gator wrote:
Norm Pollock wrote:I think his match with Spassky will be viewed historically as the turning point of the Cold War.
Give me a break :roll:

Will a kitkat do instead?


Enrico

Re: Bobby Fischer (March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008)

Post by Enrico » Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:54 pm

Yes, it's a sad day in chess.

Though many news articles didn't disclose the cause of death, it was kidney failure (not surprising as he had been having kidney related issues for the last years.)

I am sure this legend will be reborn to the younger generation as the movies and books covering his life & death hit the scene.

R.I.P.

-elc.

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