Friday, January 18, 2008

Bobby Fischer Found, Is Dead

Chess icon Bobby Fischer was many things: a Cold War hero, a kooky recluse, and a raging anti-Semite (one thing he was not was the lead character in this movie, despite what its misleading poster might indicate). Now he can add "deceased" to his list of accomplishments, having passed away from kidney failure at the age of 64.

Every sport needs a hero, and for chess fans (provided one allows to consider chess a sport), they're few and far between. So it has to be annoying for your game's arguably greatest player of all time--and certainly its most well-known--to have also been a world-class nutjob. I mean, sure, Barry Bonds is a dick...but even he never praised the September 11th terrorist attacks. At least not publicly.

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