Originally posted by AThousandYoung
What exactly do you mean by "patriotic"? Are you making a suggestion of US loyalty from Fischer?
I know he hates the US now. I don't know if he ever bought into the hype that was built around him as a symbol of America in the Cold War.
patriarchal is what I meant. He is obsessed with the patterns of Morphy's life.
As to another post saying Fischer is too chicken ... that's not exactly his problem. He not afraid of anything. He was never afraid of playing Karpov as many have suggested. His problem is pathological narcissism.
Many of his accusations were proven true after the fall of the USSR. The Soviets and the press made his out to be crazy for his accusations, but most of the things he demanded were not for the good of Fischer, but for the good of chess. Like him or not, he did more for chess than Kasparov. Kasparov created the GMA and PCA to fulfill HIS demands. I agree the Soviet dominated FIDE was corrupt, but PCA was no better.
It is horrible in our eyes to witness the things he has said regarding the death of thousands of innocent people, but I have to ask myself, "What would you do if you were in his shoes?" He had KGB agents following him, the Pasadena police arrest him, copyright laws unenforced, his personal items sold. I'm not saying he is right by any means, but let's look at what has driven him to his state of mind.
Take another look at www.chessmetrics.com For the short time that he played he was/is the strongest player in history. Kasparov, Karpov, Lasker, and Alekhine held the spot for a longer period of time, but for that exact instant in history he reached a peak unsurpassed by anyone. I was really surprised at how low Morphy scored. Fischer always regarded him as one of the greatest players in history.