Who is this man of action?

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Well boy anyway.   It’s the 13 year old   . . .Well here’s another clue – the whole picture.

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It’s the most prodigious chess player that ever lived – the amazing and now pretty much certifiable R. J. Fischer.

This picture was taken in 1957, the year Bobby burst onto the international scene with a game so extraordinary that it was called ‘the game of the century’.   Look at the pictures and you tube exerpt here and play through the game here just for fun.   The net is a great way to play through a game and play out the various competing possibilities in the game on line – then click the right place and the pieces bounce back to where they should be and you can play on to see what really happenned.

The Byrnes got it bad from Bobby. A few years later Robert Byrne, I think the brother of Donald who he beat in the game of the century above got beaten – again as black and in another ‘game of the century’.   Fischer (as I recall) also sacrificed his queen and at the end of the game Bobby was a huge amount of material down, and he had no piece beyond the second rank and no pawn beyond the third.   As in this game above Grandmasters commenting on the game in analysis rooms for the public were pronouncing the game lost for Fischer.   Byrne thought and thought.   And then resigned.   Bobby was devastated that he could not – as in the game reported above, follow the game through to mate.

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Jc
Jc
15 years ago

I beat Bobby Fisher in chess in a half serious game once. I didn’t think he was that great.

Jc
Jc
15 years ago

No No, not this Bobby Fischer. i’m talking about the terminal drunk i used to go to uni with

Jc
Jc
15 years ago

But seriously he remembered the exact moves from 10 years back. Shiiiite. It’s funny how minds work. I can barely recall my wife’s birthday, but I recall trades I did 10 years ago- the rates and the P&l on those trades.

Nabakov
Nabakov
15 years ago

I’d love to see Bobby F. at the height of his powers go up against Kasparov or Capablanca.

T’would be like Laver, Borg or McEnroe. Three utter masters with utterly unique styles and powers.

Check out Bobby Fischer Goes To War”.

Pretty low on actual game analysis but a excellent study of the times and personalities involved. And includes the fascinating factoid that Bobby had so pissed everyone off before the first move that the only person to sincerely wish him luck before the clocks were punched and knocked on his hotel door the night before to say so was Boris Spassky. In fact, according to this particular account, Boris comes out of the whole match rather well as one who genuinely liked and respected Bobby and as a bit of a sly refusenik in his own right.