In the number of different ways this most extraordinary of chess
matches marks a turning point in the history of the game.
It is the first time an American has officially become chess champion
of the world. Thus after a quarter of a century Soviet superiority was
It was the most publicized event in chess history, with reporters from
all over the world gathering by the hundreds to cover it.
It was played for a purse that was twenty times higher than anything
ever seen before. Hopefully this meant that prized in other events
would be proportionately increased, so that a body of professional
chess masters could be established in this country.
It symbolized a shift from chess as a plaything of intellectuals to a
sport in which anybody could participate.
And finally it made Bobby Fischer, the most colorful player in the
history of the game, world champion. People are already speaking of him
as one of the folk heroes of our time.