Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Perfect Tribute to Bobby Fischer

I find the following tribute to Robert James Fischer the single most relevent thing you could ever say about the man, given all the circumstances of his life, his mental illness, and his confrontation with self:

Tim Krabbé (Tim Krabbé's Open Chess Diary):

If chess is still played ten thousand years from now, Bobby Fischer will be the only player of our times who matters.


Fierabras said...

No sense in denying that Fischer will not be forgotten, but "...the only player of our times who matters"?

Whose 'times' are we talking about? I was born after '72 and grew up on the Karpov-Kasparov clashes. Is this yet another attempt of an old man to claim the 'times' for his age-group?

Mark said...

Well, I was born in 1960 so in 1972, I was 12 years old, and was caught up in the Fischer Phenomenon, which pales the 'Karpov-Kasparov' phenomenon by a wide margin.

Of course, this is opinion only, and like Asses and Elbows, everyone has at least one.