Sunday, January 20, 2008
Bobby Fischer Dies at 64
Bobby Fischer, the greatest Chess player ever in the US, if not the world, died at age 64 in Iceland. He was one of the most brilliant, troubled people the planet has ever seen, competing with grandmasters at 12, and accomplishing things in top chess tournaments, like winning all 11 matches, or 20 in a row over several tournaments, that are apparently unheard of, and then disappearing from the world in an anti-Semitic huff. Here is a nice writeup of his life, and here is another. Even the great Kasparov yields the top spot to him.