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derman53 3 ( +1 | -1 )
Bobby Fisher Dead He died in Iceland at the age of 64 the BBC is reporting.
calmrolfe 28 ( +1 | -1 )
I believe Bobby Fischer died on Thursday but the news is only being released today.

He will leave a lasting legacy of brilliancies behind him and can be rightly proud that millions of new players were attracted into Chess due to his exploits over the chessboard.
ccmcacollister 27 ( +1 | -1 )
A BBC report of Jan 18, 2008 It actually says 12 minutes ago, on the release, but that must mean from time of the release. BBC report ...
news.bbc.co.uk

dup for pasting news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7195840.stm
ketchuplover 1 ( +1 | -1 )
R.I.P. Bobby
bucklehead 23 ( +1 | -1 )
It is all over now. He has finally given his (many) enemies the slip; that must be of some comfort to his troubled soul. Perhaps he can now debate Steinitz and the Almighty about who's stronger against pawn and move odds.

Rest, Bobby.
ccmcacollister 55 ( +1 | -1 )
More articles, pics, Kasparov comments:
www.foxnews.com

"The tragedy is that he left this world too early, and his

extravagant life and scandalous statements did not contribute to

the popularity of chess," Kasparov told The Associated Press.
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A different angle and picture while playing chess at
www.chron.com
Houston Chronical Chron.com
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lynvingen 0 ( +1 | -1 )
R.I.P.

johnrowell 15 ( +1 | -1 )
RIP It's a fine line between genius and madness. Nevertheless in his latter years, his comments on today's chess were in my view very interesting.
dewillget8 4 ( +1 | -1 )
RIP Very interesting man who will be missed.
far1ey 3 ( +1 | -1 )
A great chess player.
maurodos 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Despite his behaviour, or even his folly, an immortal player.
sorceress_queen 2 ( +1 | -1 )
only tears....
maurodos 2 ( +1 | -1 )
What do you mean?
ccmcacollister 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Coaching Club comments ... gameknot.com
skipwallace555 13 ( +1 | -1 )
SAD NEWS BOBBY HAD HIS FAULTS BUT WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO OVERLOOK HIS GENIUS. I AM REALLY BUMMED. HE PLAYED TOO LITTLE AND LEFT TOO EARLY.
chessnovice 2 ( +1 | -1 )
Very sad news.
cairo 70 ( +1 | -1 )
RIP Bobby Fischer dies in Iceland
18.01.2008 – One of the world's greatest chess geniuses, Bobby Fischer, has died at the age of 64, Icelandic national TV and radio informed today. A spokesman for Fischer, Gardar Sverrisson, said the former world chess champion died in a Reykjavik hospital yesterday. The US-born former world chess player, who became famous around the world for beating the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky in 1972, had been seriously ill for some time. More details to follow soon...

He was the reason for me playing this Royal game.

Cairo
ccmcacollister 117 ( +1 | -1 )
cairo ... Soren, you are the 2nd person I've heard that from today. I was playing since 1968, but Bobby's match is also what started me to find out about US Chess Federation and play my first tournament then in 1972.

I wonder how many of us did come to Chess or tournament play because of him? In the USA, it made a Golden Age of Chess here for the next decade following. Our USCF membership hit its highest ever, until that time. By the late 1980's chess was dwindling some in the Midwestern USA and some of our local Swiss tournaments might only bring 8 to 12 players at times. At most 22. But back in the early 70's, I recall playing in a Class D section that had almost that many in just that one class! What a great time for Chess here~! Finally, perhaps the late 90's, American Chess finally reached again the number of USCF members that were seen when Bobby was playing, and surpassed it. But if not for him, and the publicity he generated for the game during the 1972 match ... I don't think that 2nd period of popularity would ever have happened either, imo.
Thanks to him, my hobby game became a lifetime pursuit for me too.
brulla 44 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess even in the moment of death... ...dying at the age of 64 (=8x8).

He is my greatest chess idol, the stress being on "chess". He dominated the chess
world after the 1970 Palma de Mallorca Interzonal like nobody before and almost nobody after him (except maybe Kasparov).

May he find the peace now that he did not allow himself in this world. I keep only feelings of admiration, respect and fondness for his great chess play. I ignore any
other Bobby Fischer.
brulla 44 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess even in the moment of death... ...dying at the age of 64 (=8x8).

He is my greatest chess idol, the stress being on "chess". He dominated the chess
world after the 1970 Palma de Mallorca Interzonal like nobody before and almost nobody after him (except maybe Kasparov).

May he find the peace now that he did not allow himself in this world. I keep only feelings of admiration, respect and fondness for his great chess play. I ignore any
other Bobby Fischer.
brulla 44 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess even in the moment of death... ...dying at the age of 64 (=8x8).

He is my greatest chess idol, the stress being on "chess". He dominated the chess
world after the 1970 Palma de Mallorca Interzonal like nobody before and almost nobody after him (except maybe Kasparov).

May he find the peace now that he did not allow himself in this world. I keep only feelings of admiration, respect and fondness for his great chess play. I ignore any
other Bobby Fischer.
brulla 3 ( +1 | -1 )
Sorry... ...for the three time post!
thunker 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Kidney disease was the latest I heard.
my.earthlink.net
wschmidt 8 ( +1 | -1 )
check out this video on youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjXKR6xVzAI

It was done in 2006. Now it brings tears to my eyes.
fmgaijin 34 ( +1 | -1 )
cairo and craig I too was led to tournament chess by his games and his writings on chess. He wrote a column in "Boy's Life," the U.S. Boy Scout magazine, in the late 1960's that was my first window into the world of tournament chess. Though I had played since I was 5, not until I glimpsed that world throuigh Bobby's words and images did I think about playing "seriously."
ccmcacollister 73 ( +1 | -1 )
3 more links (or pasties, if you prefer)
Link to MSNBC text, then Video.

Bottom link is to a Bobby Fischer site. Text there on page one also gives 4 other Fischer sites which it says are not really connected to him!? I've not yet seen what they may say about this site. But picked it since it
shows the others too.

www.msnbc.msn.com
msnbc.msn.com/id/22724870

www.msnbc.msn.com
msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/22728144#22728144

fischer
fischer/jp
welinarias 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Gran pérdida... El mundo del Ajedrez está de luto. Una de sus Mentes más brillantes ha abandonado físicamente éste mundo. Sin embargo, Su breve pero genial legado estará por siempre viviente en toda la comunidad ajedrecista.


spymaster 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Goodbye, Bobby Fischer
and now I miss my friend, Mr. Ed who has been supporting Bobby Fisher.

Where are you, Mr. Ed?

~ spymaster
cascadejames 18 ( +1 | -1 )
I never gave up the hope that he would straighten out his personal life; return to tournament
play; and stage a huge comeback. A totally irrational thought I know.
ionadowman 51 ( +1 | -1 )
Though a Bobby Fischer unfan... ... I will miss his presence in the Chess world. But then I've been missing it these 35 years. You had to admire what he achieved over the board. And I've always thought highly of the sportmanship he showed in his book of Memorable Games. What would the chess world have been like had he stayed in it competing as he could and ought? Robert James Fischer died in January 2008, but the "real" Bobby Fischer died the day after the Reykjavik match ended in 1972. Requiescat in pace.
Ion
wschmidt 48 ( +1 | -1 )
cascadejames, I never really thought a comeback was possible. But I think there was a part of me that hoped he would find some peace before he died. That his demons would give him some rest. Ultimately that was probably just as unlikely as a chess comeback.

fmgaijin, I'm fascinated to know he wrote a Boy's Life column. Anybody know a little more about that? How many columns? What level were they written for?
greenrat777 12 ( +1 | -1 )
ROBERT JAMES ( BOBBY ) FISCHER ( 1943 - 2008 ) 11TH WORLD CHESS CHAMPION ( 1972 - 1975 )
fmgaijin 64 ( +1 | -1 )
Boy's Life Column RJF's column ran for three years--he gave it up in 1970 when he was admitted to the Interzonal in order to devote himself full-time to the pursuit of the World Championship cycle. The annotations and comments were understandable to players from perhaps 1200 and up, and he usually either analyzed one of his own games with a clear strategic plan capped by some cute tactics or a game by a strong junior player of the time like Rogoff.

BTW, my best wishes also go out to my friend Miyoko Watai, Fischer's longtime companion. Watai-sama was formerly secretary of the Japan Chess Association as well as a good and kind friend.
apastpawn 49 ( +1 | -1 )
MSNBC web page is reporting that Fischer was trying thru GM Olafsson of Iceland to arrange a future match with Anand or Kasparov. Anand was interested but had not been able to schedule the match. Kasparov was busy with politics. The match was to take place in India and be possibly a Fischer Random event.

The random style would level the field in my opinion. In other words, make up for RJF's lack of recent opening knowledge/updates. Would of been an interesting venue.
hewhomateswins 0 ( +1 | -1 )
RIP RJF
ccmcacollister 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Wall Street Journal Article with remarks of Susan Polgar cited, Bobby was very genial in person ...
online.wsj.com
online.wsj.com/article/SB120096385865905161.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
ccmcacollister 52 ( +1 | -1 )
articles USCF
main.uschess.org
main.uschess.org/content/view/8125/431/
Above: Bisguire discussing Bobby

main.uschess.org
main.uschess.org/content/view/8126/431

ABOVE#2 affects WIJK, Portisch and others offer kind remarks
cairo 166 ( +1 | -1 )
Kasparov Garry Kasparov statement on the death of Bobby Fischer


With the death of Bobby Fischer chess has lost one of its greatest figures. Fischer’s status as world champion and celebrity came from a charismatic and combative personality matched with unstoppable play. I recall thrilling over the games of his 1972 Reykjavik world championship match against Boris Spassky when I was nine years old. The American had his share of supporters in the USSR even then, and not only for his chess prowess. His outspokenness and individuality also earned him the quiet respect of many of my compatriots.

Fischer’s beautiful chess and his immortal games will stand forever as a central pillar in the history of our game. And the story of the Brooklynite iconoclast’s rise from prodigy to world champion has few peers for drama. Apart from a brief and peculiar reappearance in 1992, Bobby Fischer’s chess career ended in 1972. After conquering the chess Olympus he was unable to find a new target for his power and passion.

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. While we can never entirely separate the deeds from the man, I would prefer to speak of his global achievements instead of his inner tragedies. It is with justice that he spent his final days in Iceland, the site of his greatest triumph. There he has always been loved and seen in the best possible way: as a chessplayer.

Garry Kasparov
Moscow – January 18, 2008


Cairo
ccmcacollister 101 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks M~! www.chessclub.com
www.chessclub.com/

mlazar sent me this link above which has video link to Fischer Remembered at the bottom of page, at ICC
Was very good. About the best I have seen. With Anand re meeting with Bobby for burgers in Iceland, and ever gracious Sophia Polgar finally speaks, here. Also Jan Timman. Michael Adams. More ...

And Nigel Short saying something sorta nice. Then ... 'of
course I prefer Karpov for my hero' ... [Well I'm glad he's found religion anyway. "God is not a Bulgarian" haha. Nigel, you old softee!? So GM's can be funny :) ]

Kasparov was very gracious, and fitting, too. Thanks for the post cairo ~! I had missed his comment entirely.

}8-)
ccmcacollister 89 ( +1 | -1 )
Link to a Bobby Fischer site. Text there on page one also gives 4 other Fischer
sites, which it says are not really connected to him!? I've not yet seen what They may say about This site that the Link is for?! But I picked IT for this LINK mostly because it does show the URL's for the others too. [They say the site has a regular, and a SHORT URL. Thus I list contact to both, since I have no idea what the ramifications may be for Short vs usual-length URL's ?!?]

www.msnbc.msn.com
msnbc.msn.com/id/22724870

www.msnbc.msn.com
msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/22728144#22728144

fischer
fischer/jp
ccmcacollister 34 ( +1 | -1 )
LINK ERROR ... Only the bottom link of my last Jan. 23 post was correct to reach that Fischer site mentioned there. (The other two were to msnbc Fischer articles) The actual URL for it would be: www.fischer/jp.com .

(Although the top one does have an interesting slide presentation of Fischer images, if you click LAUNCH on the photo found on the page there.)
ccmcacollister 34 ( +1 | -1 )
ACTUALLY ... The URL www.fischer/jp.com is ALSO WRONG. For some reason I clicked PREVIEW and the Forum thread grabbed everything and actually POSTED it here without previewing, before I could check the link. Sorry.
That should be URL that is simply= fischer.jp
which I just now used, preceeded by the usual h t t p : / /
but not needing any www

Good Night~!!
ccmcacollister 36 ( +1 | -1 )
I've been watching for something like this about RJF and now it has appeared that some feel he may have fit a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome, a form of high functioning autism.
www.udel.edu
www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger/aswhatisit.html
ccmcacollister 19 ( +1 | -1 )
cont. ... www.timesonline.co.uk
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article3261419.ece