Friday, January 18, 2008

"I am very sorry, but Bobby Fischer is dead. Goodbye." -Spassky

He was a brilliant man who is an inspiration to most if not all serious chess players and will continue to be. His contribution of Fischer Chess to the chess world will live on in eternity as a training technique and a new game growing in popularity. In the style of a true genious he didnt fit in well with the rest of the world but could comprehend it in a way no other could. I often wonder what the world would be like had he taken up astrophysics, painting or music instead of chess. He died at 64. Thats an odd coincidence.

"Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of the World Chess Federation, called Fischer "a phenomenon and an epoch in chess history, and an intellectual giant I would rank next to Newton and Einstein.""

"The 1972 match made chess fashionable, even sexy, some experts say."

"Former Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov said Fischer would be remembered as "the pioneer, some would say the founder, of professional chess" and called his death "very sad news.""

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