Originally posted by Leaadas
Where are you guys reading he died?
Just been reported on Channel 4 midday news. Apparently he had been ill for some time; he certainly seemed to have neglected himself. My feeling is one of great sadness, more I suppose for the fact that arguably the greatest ever chess genius lost his mind to become a demented anti-semite than his passing, since I doubt if he had anything more worthwhile to contribute to the world of chess. Fischer was by far the greatest influence on my chess when I was learning the game as a kid and young man, to the extent I was almost a Fischer clone for a while, playing all of his openings (Najdorf, King's Indian, Grünfeld etc). Just imagine what he might have achieved (and contributed to chess) if he hadn't lost his mind.