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Who Was Bobby Fischer?

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Frank Brady traces the meteoric ascent—and confounding descent—of enigmatic genius Bobby Fischer, who was only 13 when he became the youngest chess master in U.S. history. When he defeated Soviet champion Boris Spassky in 1972, at the historic Cold War showdown in Reykjavik, Iceland, he was greeted as an American hero. Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness  draws from Fischer family archives, recently released FBI files, and Bobby’s own e-mails to tell the story of Fischer’s entire life—from his impoverished childhood, to making the covers of Time, Life and Newsweek, to becoming a notorious recluse.

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Frank Brady

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Comments [7]

Peter Rosen from NYC

To compare Bobby Fischer and Van Cliburn is ridiculous.

Cliburn was called one of America's three most recognizable names in 1958, behind Casy Stengle and the Pope. (Time Magazine.)

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Who remembers Bobby Fischer?

Feb. 03 2011 09:38 AM
Francis Torchio

I read somewhere that Bobby may have been in addition to his towering IQ autistic. There was another cold war metaphor for comparison, namely the first Tchikovsky Piano competition which was won by Van Cliburn in Moscow in 1958.

Feb. 02 2011 04:09 PM
freestuffffff from west village

Since when is not accepting the Bush regime's fairy tale 911 explanation grounds for calling somebody insane?

Feb. 02 2011 01:57 PM
Theresa from Brooklyn

Why are people trying to interpret or explain this man's decisions and actions as if there was some rationality behind them? He was mentally ill. One can be a genius, or highly skilled, and still be mentally ill. It is tragic that this man's exceptional skills propelled him into places where he was endlessly enabled and encouraged in his craziness, and never got any help.

Feb. 02 2011 01:35 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Bobby Fischer, another self-hating Jew genius who could have been truly great, but forced himself into oblivion running away from himself.
You cannot run away from yourself no matter how hard you try.

Feb. 02 2011 01:29 PM
alex from NYC

my father was a cab driver. he remembered bobby as a young boy, dirty, playing chess with all the hustlers at the grand army plaza.

Feb. 02 2011 11:13 AM
Ed from Larchmont

I remember 1972 and it seemed the West had won on a front of the Cold War. Whatever else he did, a hero.

Feb. 02 2011 10:19 AM

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