Bobby Fischer Against the World

Friday, June 03, 2011

Liz Garbus talks about her documentary “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” which chronicles the chess master’s meteoric rise, culminating in the historic 1972 match against Boris Spassky in Iceland, and looks at his withdrawal from competitions and the public eye, and the paranoia that derailed his life. “Bobby Fischer Against the World” will be shown on HBO Monday, June 6, at 9:00 pm.


Liz Garbus

Comments [2]

Paul J. Bosco from Manhattan

So many top American players are Russian-Americans. And the Cold War has gone cold. A black or Hispanic American in a World Championship match could become a superstar, a laTiger Woods, and of course a woman would be a sensation. Short of that, there will never be anything comparable to Fischer-Spassky.

What many may not appreciate is Fischer's personality, in PURE CHESS terms. He was like his contemporaries Willie Mays and Wilt Chamberlain, rolled into one: Exciting, magnetic, larger-than-life and THE BEST. I'm talking strictly about what he could and did do, in the confines of those universal 64 squares.

Jun. 03 2011 10:56 AM
Patrick from Bronx

The Fischer-Spassky competition of 1972 was on of the first television events of my life. I can recall the time vividly. Will chess ever capture the popular imagination to the same extent again? Must we wait for another great American champion?

Jun. 03 2011 05:17 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.