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  1. 29 Nov '11 07:20
    A reminder that this is on BBC4 at 21:00 GMT tomorrow.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017srys
  2. 29 Nov '11 09:46 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by Zygalski
    A reminder that this is on BBC4 at 21:00 GMT tomorrow.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017srys
    more sensationalistic journalism, just because Bobby could not be bought doesn't
    make him a mad man, i resent all such assertions, nothing personal to you Zyglaski,
    but ive seen enough documentaries on Fischer that are nothing more than
    unsubstantiated insinuations and distortions of fact.
  3. Standard member TimmyBx
    TacticsTime.com
    29 Nov '11 12:46
    Nice! Hadn't heard about that! Hope it is available in the US at some point!
  4. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    29 Nov '11 15:35
    Just my opinion, but his focus about money makes me think that he could be bought. There were things he did because the money was good, and things he passed up because the money was not to his liking.

    I don't necessarily fault him for that (we all have to eat), but I won't romanticize him either.
  5. 29 Nov '11 15:44
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    Just my opinion, but his focus about money makes me think that he could be bought. There were things he did because the money was good, and things he passed up because the money was not to his liking.

    I don't necessarily fault him for that (we all have to eat), but I won't romanticize him either.
    booo, he practically gave away all his dosh from the 72 final to some crazy evangelical
    church while his mom was living in some measly flat in London, no way anyone can
    accuse Fischer of base materialism, he turned down millions in endorsements and
    when it was insinuated that he played Spassky purely for money, he was prepared to
    play him just for the chess! he just didn't like people making money from his name,
    people like Fox, who were not entitled to.
  6. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    29 Nov '11 15:53
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    booo, he practically gave away all his dosh from the 72 final to some crazy evangelical
    church while his mom was living in some measly flat in London...
    Does this at least get him an honorable mention in the category of "Madman"? It's not in the same class as his pulling out his fillings so no one could read his mind, but...
  7. 29 Nov '11 16:02 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    Does this at least get him an honorable mention in the category of "Madman"? It's not in the same class as his pulling out his fillings so no one could read his mind, but...
    no its simply an indication of his lack of materialism. Pulling out his filings, must have
    been painful, to say the least, how does one go about pulling out ones fillings, eating
    toffee bars? I think Seriwan (spelling?) summed it up when he stated that one should
    forget everything that has been written about Fischer in the press.
  8. Subscriber D4V
    Hard Spanker
    29 Nov '11 16:47
  9. Subscriber thaughbaer
    Duckfinder General
    29 Nov '11 18:17
    Whilst it would be nice to believe that everything written about him in the media is false.. and there's a ton of it.. I fear it isn't. I don't see anything from him or for that matter anyone denying he has said the things attributed to him.
  10. 29 Nov '11 20:20
    Excellent - should be an interesting watch!
  11. 29 Nov '11 21:23
    Originally posted by thaughbaer
    Whilst it would be nice to believe that everything written about him in the media is false.. and there's a ton of it.. I fear it isn't. I don't see anything from him or for that matter anyone denying he has said the things attributed to him.
    one cannot stop to kick every dog that barks.
  12. 29 Nov '11 21:38 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    Just my opinion, but his focus about money makes me think that he could be bought. There were things he did because the money was good, and things he passed up because the money was not to his liking.

    I don't necessarily fault him for that (we all have to eat), but I won't romanticize him either.
    I don't know how one could prove beyond all doubt that a man or a woman
    'cannot be bought' because one could argue that he or she has not yet been
    offered a high enough price to disregard his or her principles, at least for once.

    Surely, Bobby Fischer would have found it more financially advantageous to act like
    a flag-waving 'patriotically correct' American and exploit the opportunities that were
    available to him in the United States, particularly after he had become acclaimed as
    an American national hero for winning the world championship against the USSR.
  13. 29 Nov '11 21:42
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    one cannot stop to kick every dog that barks.
    Would the RSPCA approve of your sentiment?
  14. 29 Nov '11 21:45
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    Would the RSPCA approve of your sentiment?
    no but the RSPC for putty cats might, sigh a Scotsmans opinion is the kilt of the internet
  15. 29 Nov '11 22:24
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    no its simply an indication of his lack of materialism. Pulling out his filings, must have
    been painful, to say the least, how does one go about pulling out ones fillings, eating
    toffee bars? I think Seriwan (spelling?) summed it up when he stated that one should
    forget everything that has been written about Fischer in the press.
    Bobby Fischer could not avoid being influenced by his very materialistic culture.
    I believe that Bobby Fischer did care much about money, but not necessarily for
    the primary reason that most other people (at least Americans) care about money.

    He showed little interest, apart from his taste for tailor-made suits, in pursuing a
    life of luxury. Fischer demanded money, not only for himself but also for other
    professional chess players, because money is usually what gives an occupation
    status and respect in American culture. As long as even the best American chess
    masters had to keep struggling to avoid poverty, almost all Americans would
    regard all professional chess players with a mixture of amusement and disdain.
    If professional chess were as lucrative as professional golf, for instance, then
    almost all Americans would regard chess with as much respect as they regard golf.