Friday, January 18, 2008

Spokesman: Bobby Fischer Has Died


Bobby Fischer at the 1972 chess table

Will there ever be another like Bobby? I seriously doubt it.
Bobby Fischer, the reclusive American chess master who became a Cold War icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky as world champion in 1972, has died. He was 64.

Fischer died Thursday in a Reykjavik hospital, his spokesman, Gardar Sverrisson, said. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.

Born in Chicago and raised in Brooklyn, Robert James Fischer was a U.S. chess champion at 14 and a grand master at 15. He beat Spassky in a series of games in Reykjavik to claim America's first world chess championship in more than a century.

Some people are just too unique to be duplicated.

Via Edwardsville Intelligencer.

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2 Comments:

Blogger DirkStar said...

As an avid chess player I can say that he will be missed.

He has been a hero of mine for a long time...

Personal politics notwithstanding.

1/18/2008 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger SPIIDERWEB™ said...

He was the reason I got interested in chess. The guy was amazing.

Don't get me wrong. I was never and could never be in that league, but...

1/19/2008 05:50:00 AM  

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