As with the majority of geniuses, Bobby Fisher is inclined to eccentric behavior
It’s easy to guess that the 9/11 tragedy in New York and Washington is meant. These words were said not by bin Laden, but an American this time, 11th World chess champion Bobby Fisher.
Fisher is a mysterious figure. He was born in Chicago, March 9, 1943. Although he learnt to play chess at the age of six and was a professional chess player at 16 already, there were few people who supposed that he would be one of the most famous grand masters, especially since the future champion left school because of his poor grades.
This time, we would like to speak not about Fisher’s chess achievements, as are already perfectly known to the whole of the world. As with majority of geniuses, Bobby Fisher is inclined to eccentric behavior. For this very reason, special services, the FBI to be more precise, have given the champion their close attention. On the one hand, this is not a surprise at all, as Bobby Fisher has been always known for his criticism of the US political system and of the commercialization of chess in particular.
On the other hand, the US authorities were probably highly disappointed that the American champion, who had put an end to the monopoly of the Soviet chess holders of the champion title, treats his motherland with so little respect. It was really very problematic to use Fisher’s name in the ideological struggle against the Soviet Union. Journalists from the Filadelfia Inquirer discovered that the Fishers had been under the watch of the FBI for a very long period. Bobby himself and his mother, Regina Fisher, who lived in the Soviet Union from 1933 to 1938, were suspected of collaboration with the KGB. The mother of the chess champion never concealed her left-wing convictions; it was alleged that she was recruited by the KGB while living in the USSR. It was supposed that the KGB enlisted Bobby in 1958, when he stayed in Moscow for some time.
In fact, like in many other cases, these suspicions were basically caused by the fact that the Fishers have always openly criticized the US political system. However, no evidence has been found to prove any connection of Bobby Fisher and his mother with the KGB. To tell the truth, this is quite natural, especially since the chess champion himself wasn’t delighted with the USSR either.
In 1975, after his refusal to play chess with Russian Anatoly Karpov for the world chess champion title, Fisher retreated into the shadow. The mass media discussed the champion’s strange conduct for some time and gradually lost interest in him.
Bobby Fisher showed up in 1992 at the chess tournament in Yugoslavia. Britain’s Sunday Telegraph reported that he was allegedly searched for by the KGB because of his participation in the tournament, as he broke the UN prohibition of sports events in Yugoslavia.
However, another statement made by Fisher last year in an interview to Philippines’ Radio Bomba concerning the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the USA was even more scandalous. Here is his statement word for word: “It’s wonderful news. It’s time to do away with the USA once and for all.” The chess champion said that at first he didn’t believe that it really happened, that all the crimes America had committed all over the world returned to haunt it. He said: “I applaud the terrorist act. The USA and Israel have been killing Palestinians for many years. Now they get what they deserve.” Therefore, it is no wonder that the FBI has always kept an eye on the Fishers. Vasily Bubnov PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Maria Gousseva
Read the original in Russian: http://world.pravda.ru/world/2002/5/16/43/3083_fisher.html
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