Saturday, January 19, 2008

Bobby Fischer (1943-2008)

This is a tribute of one of the world's greatest chess master, Bobby Fischer of the United States. He is a prominent figure in the arena of chess, a source of inspiration of any chess player all around the world. Fischer passed away in Reykjavik, Iceland after a colourful spell in the world of chess.

He is special. Being a chess prodigy at the age of 15, I bet many of us have yet to learn to play chess at that age. He was already a grand master at that. Simply amazing.

Famous of defeating Soviet's champ Boris Spassky in Belgrade while defying the US sanctions against Yugoslavia, he went into recluse for many years. Many authorities even regarded him as a fugitive.

Fischer was even arrested in 2004 at Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan, under the reason of traveling on a U.S. passport that was already revoked after the 1992 Belgrade match. Japan detained him for nine months for that basis while he fought deportation to the United States.
In March 2005, Iceland invited Bobby Fischer to reside there and hence released him. He promptly renounced his not so much sought after U.S. citizenship and became a citizen and resident of Iceland.

Bobby Fischer had contributed a lot to the development of chess and often regarded as the founder of modern chess.

Rest In Peace.

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Eve said...

play chess also can get arrested...

ihsan_huhu said...

Despite having a Jewish mother, Fischer was a vicious anti-Semite, using broadcasts at far-flung radio stations to accuse Jews of everything from his legal woes to an alleged conspiracy to kill off elephants

which is very true... lol