Who is Bobby Fischer?
Bobby Fischer, at the age of sixteen, was a world chess
champion with an IQ of 180 and an astonishing memory! Half-Jewish, half
non-Jewish, he is one of the greatest American chess players of all time. He
is mysterious and controversial. A genius with extraordinary mental prowess,
yet he dropped out of school. He is a Jewish anti-Semite, a misogynist,
paranoid man, and a McCarthyite (a communist hater). Some say that he is
insane. But he is also an American sports hero and a champion of champions.
Let us unravel some of this mystery and discover who is Bobby Fischer.
He was born Robert James Fischer on the 9th March 1943
in Chicago, Illinois, USA. His father was a non-Jewish physicist. His mother
was a Jewess, who was a nurse and schoolteacher. When he was two, his
parents divorced, and shortly after, his father went abroad, never to see
him again. He and his older sister (Mrs. Joan Trag) went to live with his
mother in California, Arizona and then in Brooklyn. Fischerís mother was a
woman of great intellect, and strong character. She knew six languages, had
a pre-med degree and was a pacifist. She was also known for her firm beliefs
and stubborn nature.
At the age of six, Fischer learnt how to play chess and
immediately had a passion for the game. In 1957, he became the youngest
junior chess champion of the United States, by defeating International
Master, Donald Byrne. At the age of fourteen, became the youngest senior
American champion, by beating Samuel Reshevsky. When he was sixteen, he quit
school, so that he could play chess as a full time career.
You donít learn anything in school. Itís just a waste of time. You lug
around books and all and do homework. They give too much homework. You
shouldnít be doing homework. Nobody's interested in it. The teachers are
stupid. They shouldnít have any women in there. They donít know how to
teach. And they shouldnít make anyone go to school. I donít listen to
weakies [Bobbyís term for non-chess players or for chess players who
are weaker than himself]. My two and half years in Erasmus high I wasted.
I didnít like the whole thing. You have to mix with those stupid kids. The
teachers are even stupider than kids. Half of them are crazy. If theyíd have
let me, I would have quit before I was sixteen.
In 1958, he became the youngest Grand Master and also won the United
States Championship. During 1970-1971, he won twenty games, lost one and
tied three games with the Soviet world champion Tigran Petrosyan. In 1972,
in Reykjavik, Iceland, he became the first American to receive the title:
Chess champion of the World, when he defeated Boris Spassky of the
former Soviet Union.
In 1975, he refused to challenge Anatoly Karpov in the
Federation Internationale des Echecs, because he felt unready for the game,
making Karpov the winner. In 1996, he created his own game called
Fischerandom Chess. Bobby Fischer has a very awkward personality. After his
dispute with the Russians, he disappeared for two decades. Fischer is very
anti-social, because he is so into chess. He studies with his chessboard day
and night, and his friends were those who he played chess with. Fischer is
over six-foot tall, handsome with sharp features. He is asexual; he is not
very fond of women in today society or in any other way. He does not like
communists, but is very fond of aristocrats. Fischer avoided military
services, even though it was against communism.
He is a very difficult person to understand. When he
played chess with Anatoly Karpov, he refused to play, and vanished. A few
years later, he was discovered in a hotel, playing chess by himself for all
those missing years. He is also considered a prima donna. He likes
palmistry, and believes it is a science. Fischer is shy, gentle and timid.
He is very homophobic, and detests all homosexuals. Paul Kollar said: "He
has been labelled: brash, arrogant, selfish, self-centered, boorish,
loutish, cruel, unreasonable, difficult, impossible, inconsiderate,
ungrateful, petty, petulant, sulking, crass, insensitive, irrational,
contentious, argumentative, aggravating, insulting, crazy, wicked and mad. I
would tend to agree. Fischer sacrificed virtually everything most of us
'weakies' (to use his term) value, respect, and cherish, for the sake of an
artful, often beautiful board game, for the ambivalent privilege of being
its greatest master. He even sacrificed his mother, Regina, to become the
King of Chess."
Fischer later said:
"Anything is permissible if it wins...sac the queen...the kingís the
thing...isnít it, Father? Wherever you are isnít it?"
His memory is so good he remembered every move of all
his games. One time in his life, he tried to ring Icelandic chess player
Olaffson. Unfortunately Olaffson was out, but his Icelandic-speaking
daughter spoke. When Fischer later spoke to Olaffson, he was able to
recounted what Olaffson's daughter had said, word by word, with an Icelandic
accent, even though it was a completely foreign language to him.
Besides being 50% Jewish, Fischer is virulently
anti-Semitic. He believes that the Jews are dishonest people and that they
are out to get him. He even spoke publicly against Jews on Hungarian and
Filipino radio. He is pro-Palestinian, supporting all Arabs. Some of his
anti-Jewish quotes include:
"This is the Jewish mentality. These are a criminal people. They
torture their prisoners in the worst way. Itís even illegal! They donít
even deny it hardly. Jews were always were always bastards throughout
history. They are liars, they are the worst pieces of shit in the world.
They mutilate their own children...You know the Jews control the
courts...The United States is a farce controlled by dirty, hook-nosed
circumcised Jew bastards."
"...What's the difference between a good Jew and bad Jew?...The good
Jew fucks you slower."
Itís not clear why Fischer is anti-Semitic, but it seems likely that in
his past, he may have not had good relationships with Jewish people,
because of his non-Jewish side. Perchance, some Jews may have teased him
so much, that this caused his long term of Jew-hating. In 1992, Bobby
Fischer was arrested and sent to jail in Pasadena, California. Fischer
never sees himself as a Jew. "Part Jewish. My mother is Jewish."
Fischer also had Jewish friends like Bernard Zukerman and Boris Spassky.
Bobby Fischer is definitely the master of masters of
chess. However, he is also known to have serious character flaws, such as,
insulting people and calling people who are not as good as him in chess
(which is most people) "weakies." As well as being sexist, homophobic and
Jew hating, this could be the result of never knowing his father. He maybe
viewed by society as an outcast, and even a degenerate, but he is also a
genius who longs for his father and has had quite a lonely miserable life.
By Caton Bishop, 2002
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