Why do Bobby Fischer disappear and hide?
I know he's studying chess, but why hide and disappear?
- ?Lv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
This sounds like a question that somebody might have asked over 30 years ago.
Bobby Fischer disappeared after winning the 1972 World Chess Championship.
In 2008, he died at age 64! after so much time with 64 squares on a chessboard.
Chess statisticians observe that "… for about a year, Bobby Fischer
dominated his contemporaries to an extent never seen before or since."
Fischer's amazing results gave him a far higher rating than any player in history
up until that time. On the July 1972 FIDE rating list, his Elo rating of 2785 was
125 points ahead of Boris Spassky, the second-highest rated player (2660).
Boris Spassky "is known as one of the greatest and oldest living chess players."
Boris Spassky is a great man. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Spassky
The 1972 World Chess Championship would not even had happened without
Spassky's tremendous sportsmanship, accommodating many demands of Fischer,
refusing to use these demands as an opportunity to win by forfeit.
After a Fischer brilliancy in 1972, Boris got up and applauded along with the crowd.
Fischer ran off the stage.
In 1975, Fischer did not defend his title when he could not come to agreement
with FIDE over the conditions for the match. The true "Why?" is more complicated.
In many ways, increasingly toward the end of his life, he was ultimately quite insane.
Fischer wanted to beat the "cheating Russians", and take the Chess Championship.
There was no need to play again. He did create his chess clock and chess variants.
Robert James "Bobby" Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008)
American chess Grandmaster and the 11th World Chess Champion.
He became more reclusive and did not play competitive chess again until 1992,
when he won an unofficial rematch against Boris Spassky.
Up until then, as far as Bobby Fischer was concerned in his own mind:
he was still World Chess Champion, and Spassky deserved his rematch.
In January 2009, reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand described Bobby Fischer as "the greatest chess player who ever lived. He was a very special person, and I was fortunate to meet him two years ago."
Serbian grandmaster Ljubomir Ljubojević called Fischer "A man without frontiers. He
didn't divide the East and the West, he brought them together in … admiration of him."
German grandmaster Karsten Müller wrote: Fischer, who had taken the highest crown almost singlehandedly from the mighty, almost invincible Soviet chess empire, shook the whole world, not only the chess world, to its core. He started a chess boom not only in the United States and in the Western hemisphere, but worldwide. Teaching chess or playing chess as a career had truly become a respectable profession.
Searching for Bobby Fischer is primarily an excellent movie. It also has much
very accurate real chess life information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Searching_for_Bobby_F...
The story is true. Only a few names have been changed, to protect the innocent.