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Bobby Fischer Is Dead At 64

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the new-kind-of-chess dept.

Classic Games (Games) 377

A number of readers wrote in to make sure we know that former world chess champion Bobby Fischer has died in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he had lived since 2005. No cause of death was given.

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reason for death (0)

DeeQ (1194763) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093252)

I think cnn or some other news site said his kidneys failed.

Re:reason for death (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093306)


Mossad poisoned him. The authorities are already planning a full autopsy and toxicology report.

Re:reason for death (4, Informative)

DeeQ (1194763) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093510)

Fisher died in a Reykjavik hospital on Thursday of kidney failure after a long illness, his spokesman, Gardar Sverrisson, said Friday.
Story here [yahoo.com]

re:reason for death (3, Funny)

ed.han (444783) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093750)

anybody else glad that fischer can't write his own press release re: his death? b/c you know he'd blame this fictional jewish conspiracy for it...

ed

Re:reason for death (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093974)

You are getting modded +funny for the "fictional" part

AIDS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093630)

nt

Re:reason for death (3, Funny)

wamerocity (1106155) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093840)

and then the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards.. CHECKMATE!

i, however, (1)

legallyillegal (889865) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093254)

am still alive and posting!

good (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093256)

he was a faggot.

Re:good (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093292)

ohhh good one

Did He Go To Heaven or Hell? (2, Funny)

netglen (253539) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093258)

Regardless where ever he went in his after life, I hope he's forced to play checkers. Or at reincarnated as a marble in a Chinese Checkers game. :D

Re:Did He Go To Heaven or Hell? (1)

fatphil (181876) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093358)

Well, he didn't like chess anyway. Chess was "dead" over twenty years ago. (Something which Capablanca had already predicted, IIRC.)

However, if he does find a chess set, I guess you'll just hope that he never finds a die...

Checkmate? (-1, Troll)

hbean (144582) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093268)

/post

Why such hate? (5, Insightful)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093280)

On Sept. 11, 2001, he told a radio talk-show host in Baguio, the Philippines, that the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were "wonderful news," adding he was wishing for a scenario "where the country will be taken over by the military, they'll close down all the synagogues, arrest all the Jews and secure hundreds of thousands of Jewish ringleaders."



That and a few other choice comments attributed to him make me want to say, good riddance. It is such a travesty to see such greatness overshadowed by blantant and raving bigotry. I don't care how good at chess he was anymore, the world doesn't need to celebrate assholes like this just because "they were once great"

It really sounds like he succumbed to hate and had to disappear at times simply because he knew he couldn't exist in the real world

Re:Why such hate? (-1, Troll)

canuck57 (662392) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093444)

While everything you say is true, he was still a damn good chess player and good enough to win for Americans a chess championship. So what if he was neurotic. Are we all not neurotic to some degree?

Re:Why such hate? (5, Interesting)

Erwos (553607) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093738)

When did "neurotic" come to mean "hateful and bigoted"? Stalin led the USSR to victory in WWII - that doesn't mean I'm going to start eulogizing the guy, because we all know what a total bastard he was in so many other ways.

I never said anything bad about Bobby Fischer, but judging from the articles I'm seeing, he's said plenty bad about me as a Jewish-American. Why should I shed tears over the guy? Or is it somehow different when you spew rhetoric against groups rather than individuals?

Re:Why such hate? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093774)

he was still a damn good chess player...

And OJ was a damn fine football player

Re:Why such hate? (0, Flamebait)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093782)

Neurotic is different from racist. And yes, we're all a little racist (thank you, Avenue Q) but he was a major bigot.

Re:Why such hate? (1)

dintech (998802) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093980)

Excuse my ingorance but I've never heard of him before until today. I felt a little sad and respectful when I read the headlines but digging into his character a little a now I just feel dissapointed by him. I don't think he'll actually be missed very much.

Re:Why such hate? (2, Insightful)

insertwackynamehere (891357) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094058)

Yeah he had clearly gone off the deep end by that point. He wasn't just "neurotic". He probably just had personal daddy issues since he was a Jew, and by that point they spun out of control and he reflected his hate on himself through melodrama, reclusion and stupidity. So what if he could play a stupid game? It's just a nerdy version of sport hero worship. Sure not everyone can do it, but stop idolizing those who can if it means you have to look past who they are as people. Anyway Kasparov is a great chess player and his post-chess political career is much more respectable.

Re:Why such hate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093458)

Too bad such a great chess mind was such a retard otherwise.

Good riddance to the anti-semite. I'm glad he renounced his citizenship - we didn't need scum like him around.

Re:Why such hate? (1)

Ubergrendle (531719) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093740)

To anyone familiar with his personal history, its clear he had psychological problems; I've read numerous opinions by mental health professionals that he exhibited numerous signs of paranoid schizophrenia. Don't be quick to judge his personal worth.

Like many artists, scientists, and other great thinkers his personal life was a mess, his personal opinions muddled and ugly. But his accomplishments will remain long after his death; immensely talented as a chess player and his victory during the height of the cold war had political ramifications.

His death @ 64 in some ways is a poetic end, given life's major achievements.

Re:Why such hate? (1)

insertwackynamehere (891357) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094110)

You mean like 1 year for each square on a chess board?

Re:Why such hate? (-1, Troll)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093558)

It's curious, but Kasparov seems to be the exact Russian counterpart of Fisher.

They even have close political views!

Re:Why such hate? (5, Insightful)

east coast (590680) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093602)

It really sounds like he succumbed to hate and had to disappear at times simply because he knew he couldn't exist in the real world

Actually, the man succumbed to mental illness. Hopefully you're never in a position to pass any meaningful judgement on people who have these kinds of issues.

Or what would you tell the readers on this site that lay claims to having Asperger's syndrome or a close relative of such? Would you tell them that it serves them right and that they're just a bunch of misfits?

If anything Fischer's legacy outside of chess should be to show people that extreme talent and insight in a small area gives no one any special insight into anything else. Maybe actors and singers should take note of that.

Re:Why such hate? (5, Insightful)

COMON$ (806135) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093690)

Maybe actors and singers should take note of that.
And PHDs, Pastors, MDs or anyone else highly educated speaking of fields like an expert where they aren't.

Re:Why such hate? (4, Interesting)

apankrat (314147) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093772)

> Actually, the man succumbed to mental illness.

Fischer's demise is oddly similar to that of Luzhin from The Defence [wikipedia.org] novel by Nabokov. The main character was also a genius chess player that was drifting between the clear mind and the insanity. What's even more odd is that the novel dates back to early 1930s.

Re:Why such hate? (1, Insightful)

BenoitRen (998927) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093794)

Or what would you tell the readers on this site that lay claims to having Asperger's syndrome or a close relative of such?

Except that Asperger's Syndrome is not a mental illness.

Re:Why such hate? (2, Insightful)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093960)

That's not what Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] has to say about it. Or this page [aspergers.com] , or this one here [udel.edu] , or even this one at Yale [yale.edu] . But hey, what do they know anyways...

Re:Why such hate? (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094052)

Perhaps your correct. But my understanding is that it's a mental condition with possible genetic roots. (of course, I'm not a doctor). I think as our understanding of mental illenss evolves we're going to see more of this. Just look at John Nash and his son.

We have a ton we just don't know yet. It's going to be an interesting trip.

Re:Why such hate? (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093816)

"Actually, the man succumbed to mental illness."

Bigotry is a mental illness, wouldn't you say?

Re:Why such hate? (1)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093954)

Fisher really sounds like a paranoid schizophrenic. They think that people are out to get them and stuff--whether it's aliens, the CIA, or a cabal of evil Jews. It seems to fit, but I do not think he's ever been diagnosed as such (or would have let a doctor close enough to do so).

Re:Why such hate? (1)

jrifkin (100192) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094004)

If anything Fischer's legacy outside of chess should be to show people that extreme talent and insight in a small area gives no one any special insight into anything else. Maybe actors and singers should take note of that.
Even more so, politicians should take note of that, judging from recent history.

Re:Why such hate? (1)

Gospodin (547743) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094152)

Yes, I long for days of yore, when politicians were experts who had deep insight into their subjects and consistently made good choices.

Re:Why such hate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22094120)

Actually, the man succumbed to mental illness. Hopefully you're never in a position to pass any meaningful judgement on people who have these kinds of issues.

Mental illness is not an excuse for bigotry.

the thin line? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093606)

Maybe this is just the 'proof is in the pudding' to use an old saying to comment on another old saying: 'there is a thin line between genius and insanity'. And sometimes, genius looks like insanity because the 'normal' people don't have the capacity to understand the genius. Granted not necessarily in the circumstances referenced by you.

Re:Why such hate? (5, Insightful)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093642)


That and a few other choice comments attributed to him make me want to say, good riddance.

He was certainly a huge dick, and a bigot to boot. But AFAIK all he ever did was rant and talk. Not exactly someone you wish dead. In a word, "Mostly Harmless".

I have to say, the world is a slightly less interesting place with Bobby Fischer not in it.

Re:Why such hate? (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093678)

A man does crazy things because, well duh, he's crazy. Some brains are like the engines in fuel dragsters: they can accomplish extraordinary feats, but sometimes they blow up big time. I'm not a player, but I think they have a right to remember what he was before Garner Ted Armstrong saw him coming.

rj

Re:Why such hate? (1)

nlitement (1098451) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093722)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Fischer [wikipedia.org]

Robert James Fischer was born at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Regina Wender, was a naturalized American citizen of German Jewish[11] descent
There, *BANG*, once your mother's Jewish, you're Jewish. Even though I'm puzzled by his anti-Semitism, there's something called self-hating Jew [wikipedia.org]

Re:Why such hate? (1)

nlitement (1098451) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093852)

Quick fix (or not, stupid 5 minute post intervals). Jesus Christ I wish you could edit your posts.. The self-hating Jew link was meant to lead to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-hating_Jew [wikipedia.org]

Re:Why such hate? (3, Interesting)

hey! (33014) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093872)

Because he was, not to put too fine a point on it, as crazy as a sack full of ferrets. His way of looking at things had all the perspective of a one eyed bureaucrat peering through a broken microscope.

It makes no sense at all to discuss his pronouncements on current events as if there were any possibility he would express any understanding of their human dimensions. It's not hate, it's indifference. And it's not really very far removed from the kind of indifference that is politically acceptable because its common. The only reason people don't sound so callous when they discuss war or economic policy is because they're tuned to the same wavelength as the others around them. They know what kinds of real things seem real and what kinds of real things seem unreal to the people they're talking to, hardly the kind of nuance you'd expect a mind like Bobby Fischer's to grasp.

Bobby Fischer had pretty good reason to hate the American government. The indifference to the suffering of others thrown in with that is not particularly shocking, and the fact that he let it show publicly just demonstrates his utter lack of tact, a quality that in all probability he never felt the need for. The antisemitism was just garden variety self-loathing, obviously ugly as well as bat-shit crazy, but not so incomprehensible.

Re:Why such hate? (1)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093990)


The only reason people don't sound so callous when they discuss war or economic policy is because they're tuned to the same wavelength as the others around them. They know what kinds of real things seem real and what kinds of real things seem unreal to the people they're talking to, hardly the kind of nuance you'd expect a mind like Bobby Fischer's to grasp.

Huh. That's probably the most insightful thing I've read in months.

Re:Why such hate? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093894)

He was a great man. The type the likes of you will never understand. Having courage to stand up to the Jewish establishment.

Re:Why such hate? (0, Flamebait)

boudie2 (1134233) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093902)

You seem to be forgetting the fact that the United States IS the most hated country in the world. And not just because they are the richest. The guy did have his reasons. And as far as the anti-semitism goes, he was at least half Jewish. I thought that would make him a self-hating Jew, not an anti-semite. And I for one enjoyed some of his ranting and raving. He seemed to be much more adept at it then the second most famous American nutcase: George W.

Re:Why such hate? (1)

jandersen (462034) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094050)

Nobody is ever simply good or bad - this is something that we all need to realize. I used to believe that my heroes were only good and my 'enemies' were only good, but all it ever gave me way isolation from reality. If you can't see something of yourself in your worst enemy and something of him/her in you, then you're missing an important part of reality, and you are cutting yourself off from the possibility of solving the problems and moving forward.

Didn't Jesus say something to that effect? That ought to count for something in the US, a nation that calls itself Christian.

God (4, Funny)

waterford0069 (580760) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093288)

Checkmate!

Re:God (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093342)

lol

Re:God (1)

rodney dill (631059) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093474)

He was rooked

Re:God (1)

Tribbin (565963) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093518)

The house always wins.

Turn in your geek card (1)

trolltalk.com (1108067) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093844)

Checkmate!

It's checkm8! He's p0wn3d!

Re:God (1)

dj_krztoff (939118) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093982)

"Always bet on black" ... eerrrrrr ... wait ... wrong game.

How often do you get to use Passenger 57 references though? Give me a break.

Re:God - 64 Squares (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22094034)

He had one year for each square on the chessboard. He simply ran out of squares.

If only he'd played scrabble instead...

Truly Unfortunate (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093302)

I am by no means an expert or historian on Bobby Fischer's life. I once admired him. Sadly, for Mr. Fischer, I always wished that his past caught up with him and he would forget his new found convictions.

From an admirable chess player early on, he showed signs of mental instability. But really, who hasn't from time to time? He made absurd demands to move Moscow closer to the ocean or make the sun set sooner for his convenience when he appeared at the famous game. I've read accounts that make him sound borderline autistic. Although he seemed to have much more cognitive powers ... usually.

I wish I could erase the last half of Bobby Fischer's life from history. I wish he never touched a radio station's microphone. His proclamation that the September 11th attacks were "wonderful news [wikipedia.org] " and calling for the US to be destroyed, his several radio aired remarks against Jewish peoples and other disparaging remarks. Was this for attention? Was this really what he believed? I'm not sure what personally made him feel this way but living in Iceland under political asylum was not the way I wanted to see it end.

Unfortunate that he died. Even more unfortunate that he never came around to apologize and promote chess in schools and everywhere. We'll miss the young Bobby Fischer and always be a little confused about what happened to make him cross that fine line between ingenuity and insanity. Rest in peace, Bobby Fischer.

Re:Truly Unfortunate (4, Interesting)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093530)

When I compare Fischer's early life to that of his later, it seems to parallel another brilliant nutcase: Ted Kaczynski (The Unabomber). The man had like three degrees, published over ten papers, and then spent his life in a cabin sending out bombs.

While two cases don't make a solid trend, you wonder how many slip under the radar.

Re:Truly Unfortunate (1)

fastest fascist (1086001) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093736)

Smart people being unstable isn't exactly unheard of. Or maybe an obsessive nature sometimes contributes to success in intellectual fields, and later gets out of hand.

Re:Truly Unfortunate (1)

Basehart (633304) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093756)

"While two cases don't make a solid trend, you wonder how many slip under the radar."

Ask the FBI, I'm sure they have a list somewhere.

Re:Truly Unfortunate (1)

Donniedarkness (895066) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093574)

I've got to say-- after reading some of the anti-Fischer comments here (and I'm not saying that they're wrong, by any means), reading something like this is refreshing.

Fischer had some problems, but he had an absolutely amazing mind. He had some issues with the US Government. I've always suspected that they put a lot of pressure on him during his match with Spassky-- I can see why that might have made him sour towards the US. His hate of Jews seems to stem from his mother (who was Jewish), but nobody really knows what all happened there. He went a little crazy, but I wonder how much of it was from all the stress (and pressure) he was under.

Re:Truly Unfortunate (1)

Ungulate (146381) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093706)

Was this for attention? Was this really what he believed? I'm not sure what personally made him feel this way

Acute mental illness. For some reason, many people with paranoid schizophrenia find an outlet in antisemitism, like John Nash of A Beautiful Mind fame. I think the harshness of Fischer's comments should be tempered with consideration of the fact that he just wasn't well in the head. This is not a courtesy I extend to Mel Gibson.

Re:Truly Unfortunate (1)

mblase (200735) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094000)

We'll miss the young Bobby Fischer and always be a little confused about what happened to make him cross that fine line between ingenuity and insanity.

It still surprises me that people don't see a connection between the two. Could anyone become a chess grand master without being at least a little obsessive, autistic, or both? Is it possible to spend so much of one's life being the acknowledged best in the world at something as sophisticated as chess and not become rather self-centered as a result?

Better to think of his racism and bigotry as symptoms of his chess prodigy than as an unfortunate coincidence.

The Fischer King (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093316)

The cause of Fischer's death is unknown, but it is suspected that THE JEWS killed him as part of their VAST SEMITIC CONSPIRACY!

Bobby Fischer was a man whose genius was easily eclipsed by the utter mess of a man he became in his waning years.

He should've played Go. (5, Funny)

the_other_chewey (1119125) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093338)

So as a Go player, he would've lived for 297 more years?

Re:He should've played Go. (4, Funny)

ccguy (1116865) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093636)

So as a Go player, he would've lived for 297 more years?
Nah, he would have demanded the go board to have a more convenient (to him) number of squares :-)

Cause of death - Kidney Related (5, Informative)

ThisIsForReal (897233) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093352)

He died from complications to his kidneys. He'd been ill for some time.

Re:Cause of death - Kidney Related (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093506)

Now that's an appropriate signature.

He was contimplating his next move... (0)

BUL2294 (1081735) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093364)

...after the mistake of moving to Iceland.

Re:He was contimplating his next move... (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093588)

Well, with every other over 60 moving to warmer areas it would only make sense for Fisher to move to a colder area and confuse his opponents, No?
His death, is a loss to the chess world but every time someone does the King's Pawn opening we will be paying a slight homage to the man.

Spelling Nazi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093622)

Strikes YOU!

here's his real homepage (5, Informative)

SaberTaylor (150915) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093370)

http://home.att.ne.jp/moon/fischer/ [att.ne.jp]

mental illness is sad. 1 beer a day will not cure dementia.
Fischer was truly epic in his takedown of the Russian "machine". Then the American politicians screwed him for playing the immortal game during a temporal war.
In chess you don't have to die young to leave a good looking corpse you just have to get out of the spotlight while you're ahead. (Britney Spears take note.)
Well we have his radio rants happy about 11-9 but at least no bad chess games out of his prime.

Checkmate Indeed (4, Insightful)

RailGunSally (946944) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093404)

The latter day Fischer was a raving lunatic. His "politics" do not merit rebuttal or even serious consideration. I choose to remember the Fischer of my youth -- which was quite pleasantly misspent in the 70s. No single player has ever so completely dominated chess like Fischer. His play is a model of simplicity, logic, creativity, and elegance. I would say that he will be missed, but, in truth, we in the international chess community have already missed the real Bobby Fisher for many years.

"Checkmate", from the Persian "shah mat" meaning, "the king is dead".

why should we care? (0, Troll)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093464)

the guy was a raving hatefilled a**hole of the highest order

we're not talking alternative politics here folks, we're talking about venom and spite and bigotry

we shouldn't mourn his passing, and he really shouldn't be slashdot frontpage material

Re:why should we care? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093550)

Because for the first half of his life, he was an inspiration to more people than you can imagine. He made sport of the mind acceptable. I regret and disagree with much what he said on radio in his later life, but will never forget what he inspired in me.

Re:why should we care? (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093674)

If he was merely a 'hatefilled asshole of the highest order', I'd agree. But the fact is that he was mentally deranged. He obviously didn't have complete control of his mind.

Mourn the passing of his younger self, and feel free to despise his older self.

Re:why should we care? (2, Funny)

theMerovingian (722983) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093742)


Mourn the passing of his younger self, and feel free to despise his older self.

Fans of the Highlander series are especially adept at selective memory such as this.

Re:why should we care? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093966)

When you spit on someone's grave, how are you any better?

Nintendo? (1, Troll)

Bozzio (183974) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093490)

Did anyone else see this under "Games," read "64" and automatically assume it was Nintendo related?

Yes, I know I'm pissing my Karma away posting this.

Re:Nintendo? (1)

teh kurisu (701097) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093632)

I got half way through your first sentence and automatically assumed that you automatically assumed that it was Commodore related.

Re:Nintendo? (1)

Bozzio (183974) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093732)

But what about your karma?

RIP (0, Troll)

Sepiraph (1162995) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093544)

Not that I agree with some of his rather eccentric remarks, but Mr. Fischer is definitely an interesting person. Although in this new century, with the dominance of AI it is hard to see any human champion beating the computer.

Gotta go (1)

UnixRawks (705739) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093552)

I gotta take a piss, can someone point me to his grave?

Bobby Fischer (2, Insightful)

C_Kode (102755) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093560)

Fischer's ability to analyze quickly and precisely the complexities of chess in all its applicable levels at any given type made him very special and gave him so much to offer the world. The defunct psychosis that he suffered from rendered him completely useless for the greater good that his abilities offered.

Bobby Fischer was a great man of nothing.

Re:Bobby Fischer (1)

mblase (200735) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094062)

The defunct psychosis that he suffered from rendered him completely useless for the greater good that his abilities offered.

Really? I didn't know you had to be a humanitarian to be a great chess player, or to offer that skill to generations that followed you.

The chess-playing world will still be studying and learning from his games long after his bigotry has been forgotten and glossed over.

He had chess pains just before he died (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093640)

He died last Knight and apparently a Bishop gave him last-rites
He was just a Pawn in the struggle between Kings and Queens

thomasdz

Good Riddance (-1, Flamebait)

Luscious868 (679143) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093644)

Bobby Fisher was antisemitic. So a hate monger has died. So what?

Re:Good Riddance (3, Insightful)

dave420 (699308) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093812)

Just because you don't like someone doesn't mean you should be happy they died. Some folks might think you're an asshole, but would that stop people you love from being hurt when you died? Of course not. Just be glad he's at peace, that his hatred has left the building.

One year for every square. (5, Interesting)

rasman1978 (1158339) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093656)

Seems appropriate somehow.

afucker (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093666)

Distro &is 3one Here

64 = Number of squares on a chess board. (0, Redundant)

NC-17 (411446) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093708)

Rather apt.

Greatest player of all time (0)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093808)

Whatever else he was, he was probably the best chess player ever. I liked how he would come out of obscurity to beat whomever was the current Grandmaster, then disappear again.

durr dee durr (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093810)

Bjork! Bjork! Bjork!

Cause of death... (4, Funny)

Jumphard (1079023) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093908)

The machines have turned! Deep Blue murdered him in his sleep! Checkmate.

cause (1)

mincognito (839071) | more than 6 years ago | (#22093934)

No cause of death was given.
Bf1

Actually Dead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22093938)

I know this might seem a tad far fetched, and seriously conspiracy theory... but who is to say he isn't faking his own death so he can get away from his past? I mean this is a person who regularly dashed off to anywhere on the planet to avoid people... faking ones own death might be a good way to get away from everything in a really serious manner. He did have serious concerns about "THE JEWS" enough to believe that he would think they would be out to get him, this way... they would stop trying.

64? (0, Redundant)

argiedot (1035754) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094002)

You mean like the exact number of squares on a chessboard. Death by numerology!

Disturbed Genius (2, Informative)

Qrypto (462155) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094108)

This was a man of great genius, and like many of his talent was prone to highly idiosyncratic behavior, if not in some way pathological. It is sad that such a disturbed man was given a forum (esp. radio) to disgrace himself so thoroughly; however, due to his reclusiveness the public could never know the details of any mental issues he may have suffered from toward the end. Regardless this is a man who should be remembered for his talent, and his contributions to the game of chess.

To those many Americans who will dismiss him for his unfortunate and terrible comments: Give the guy a break - you should be proud of this man's accomplishments on behalf of the US, who inspired your children to learn the game and who's story captured the world.

RIP Bobby Fisher

Mental Malfunction (3, Interesting)

Philotechnia (1131943) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094126)

When a mind possessed of analytic capacities such as Fischer's turns those powers on the world, the result is inevitability some kind of psychosis. The world simply requires a more synthetic approach. While the content of Fischer's diatribes is certainly controversial, let's be wise enough to see they likely stem from the fact that he was a man trapped in his mind, unable to escape the analytical powers of his mind and live more holistically in the world. Even if the content of his politics had changed, it wouldn't change the fact that they were based in a mental misappropriation of the world.

Lets not remember the man for his faults, which boil down to misapplied genius if not true biological mental illness. Instead, let's remember the man for the great intellect that he possessed, and let his later political endeavors serve as reminder to us all of what can happen when we analyze the world from too great a distance instead of simply living inside of it.

Vivere in pace, Mr. Fischer, wherever your soul now resides.

Fischer will be missed (1)

burky79 (1160713) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094172)

A sad loss for the world of chess and original and critical thought.

Boy's Life (2, Interesting)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 6 years ago | (#22094176)

I remember Bobby Fischer once provided chess problems to Boy's Life magazine. It was a generous thing for him to do, and was my first exposure to the problem-solving side of chess itself.

As for Fischerandom Chess, I had a similar idea years ago where each side arranged their first row into their own preferred order, which was then revealed to their opponent at the commencement of play. It was a combining of Chess with Stratego that I called Modern Chess. Of course, my idea never caught on since, unlike Bobby Fischer, I Am Not A Chess Grand Master.

I'm sorry that his views over the later years became so hard to justify, or even understand in any rational sense, but I'll always remember my first contact with his name.

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