On the day before his 21st birthday, Bobby Fischer gave a
simultaneous exhibition at the Roosevelt Hotel in Washington DC. He played 65 people at once. I had the great fortune of beating
him before he beat any of the others.
Bobby Fischer (2710) - Lew Hucks (2050) [B42]
Hotel, Washington DC ( Washington, 08.03.1964
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Qc7 6.0-0 Nc6 7.Nxc6
bxc6 8.Nd2 Nf6 9.b3 Bc5 10.Bb2 e5 11.Kh1 d6 12.f4 Ng4 13.Qe2 Ne3 14.Rf2 Bg4 15.Qe1 Qa7 16.fxe5 Nxc2 17.Bxc2 Bxf2 18.Qf1 Bd4
19.Bxd4 Qxd4 20.Nc4 dxe5 21.h3 Be2 0-1
In his book "A Legend on the Road," John Donaldson says "nothing
fancy." He says I "just outplayed him."
Bobby died in his new country,
Bobby Fischer (1943-2008)
dominated the chess news over his final few years. Many articles have been written detailing his achievements over the board and
others have chosen to focus on his peculiar statements about the government and Judaism. Trying to psycho-analyze Fischer
is an exercise in futility. Who really knows what happened to him psychologically after he won the World Championship from
Spassky in 1972, all we know is he withdrew from chess and we never again saw his genius displayed over the board. I prefer
to remember him as a magnificient chess player such as seen in this incredible game played against Donald Byrne in 1956 when
he was just 13 years old. This is known as the "Game of the Century".
Byrne,D - Fischer,R [D97]
New York Rosenwald New York,
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 0-0 5.Bf4 d5 6.Qb3 dxc4
7.Qxc4 c6 8.e4 Nbd7 9.Rd1 Nb6 10.Qc5 Bg4 11.Bg5 Na4 12.Qa3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Nxe4 14.Bxe7 Qb6 15.Bc4 Nxc3 16.Bc5 Rfe8+ 17.Kf1 Be6
18.Bxb6 Bxc4+ 19.Kg1 Ne2+ 20.Kf1 Nxd4+ 21.Kg1 Ne2+ 22.Kf1 Nc3+ 23.Kg1 axb6 24.Qb4 Ra4 25.Qxb6 Nxd1 26.h3 Rxa2 27.Kh2 Nxf2
28.Re1 Rxe1 29.Qd8+ Bf8 30.Nxe1 Bd5 31.Nf3 Ne4 32.Qb8 b5 33.h4 h5 34.Ne5 Kg7 35.Kg1 Bc5+ 36.Kf1 Ng3+ 37.Ke1 Bb4+ 38.Kd1 Bb3+
39.Kc1 Ne2+ 40.Kb1 Nc3+ 41.Kc1 Rc2# 0-1
Many are quick to criticize
him for his apparent paranoia on his way to the championship, but his demands have brought the conditions
of life for the chess professional to an unprecedented high.
Today there are chess professionals
all over the world with two things in common: higher income expectancies based on better performance, and the "paranoid" expectation
that your opponent will find a way to get the edge in ways that have little or nothing to do with moves made at the board.
Computer cheating has become a force to be reckoned with at every level.
My favorite Fischer quote:
When a reporter asked Lisa Lane, the US Women's Chess Champion, who the strongest player in the world was, she said, "Bobby
Fischer." The reporter then asked Bobby what he thought of her comment. Fischer's reply: "She's right, but she is in no position
to know." Read about Lisa at http://blog.chess.com/batgirl/lisa-lane