Monday, March 07, 2005

Searching for Bobby Fischer

I've always been sort of interested in the odd intellectual combination that is Bobby Fischer. The man who upended the Russian's dominance of the Chess World, has in short, gone loony. Well he may not be totally loony, but he's certainly picked up a misguided view of the world since his days as the world's best player. People aren't really sure what happened to Fischer, but he has, in short order, gone from a phenom, to a recluse, to a self hating Jew, well you get the idea. I can remember how the world watched when he finally came out of hiding in 1992 to take on Boris Spassky in a rematch. At the time it was momentus, mostly because the chess establishment basically gave him a pass on some of his paranoia. Well the news today is that Japan will not be allowing Bobby to leave so that he may take refuge in Iceland. I can't say that it's a surprise, Fischer has spent the last 30 years disparaging America, the CIA, Dunkin Donuts (I'm not kidding), the Rothschilds, the Bekins moving company, clock manufacturers, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Israel. What is the connection all of these people or places have? According to Fischer, they all advance some variety of worldwide Jewish conspiracy that essentially controls everything that happens on the planet. Especially if it has anything to do with money and why he doesn't have any. It's a shame a man of such great potential has devolved into such a whacko. C'est la vie.

This article from The Atlantic is a great summary of Fischer's decline:
Bobby Fischer's Pathetic Endgame


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