Bobby Fischer, the only American World Chess Champion, died today at age 64. (Ironically, that is the number of squares on a chess board.) He had won the World Championship in 1972, but then he left competitive chess and forfeited his title in 1975. His behavior in later years had been very erratic, to say the least. After a re-match with Boris Spassky in 1992, he became a fugitive, and eventually renounced his US citizenship and moved to Iceland.
Despite his off-board antics, there is no doubt that he among the greatest chess players to ever live.
Here is an interview with former World Champion Garry Kasparov on the occasion of his death:
Here are links to a few of his best known games. You can use the arrows to move through the game, and there are comments about the game below the board. Don’t be surprised if you don’t understand them.
Fischer- Spassky 1972 : 6th Game of World Championship Match
hat tip: Chessalee