Robert James Fischer, popularly known as Bobby Fischer was one of the best Chess players of all time. His life was filled with gamesmanship and controversy. An average human has an IQ of around 90-110, which can extend up to 175 not more than this, according to some scientists. Proving them wrong, Fischer had an implausible IQ of 187; in addition to it he had a photographic memory as well.
Boris Spassky, Fischer’s arch rival and also one of the best players of all time once quoted, “When I played against Bobby Fischer, my opponent fought against organisations-the television producers and the match organizers. But he never fought against me personally. I lost to Bobby before the match because he was already stronger than I. He won normally.”
Fischer was considered to be very arrogant and had an aggressive style of living. The World Chess Championship in 1972 was scheduled to take place in Reykjavik, Iceland between Fischer and Spassky, but as the event drew nearer, Fischer manifested his arrogant behaviour worldwide and left people speechless. His friends used to reserve space for him to come to Reykjavik, but he never turned up. Time flew and Fischer ignored his friends, as he liked to be alone with one around because he felt that human beings are capable of reaching new heights. Fischer made a last minute arrival in Iceland. He was filled with aggression so much so, that he offended the Icelanders by calling their country inadequate because of its lack of movie theatres and bowling alleys.
Fischer’s playing style was intense and hard fought. He never played for a draw, but fought until the bitter end, as long as there was a slight chance to win. He had an iron will to win and sometimes he won games that were normally drawn, because the opponents couldn’t keep up with the precise technical play of Fischer. He had good chess instincts and intuition and he hardly made any mistakes and always looked for new ways to improve. He played like a chess machine. Bobby researched his openings at home and prepared long opening variations before he sat down to play. He had an extremely amazing memory and knew everything about chess. Some opponents were afraid of Fischer’s perfect technical style and tried to avoid certain variations as not to run into Fischer’s home preparations. His playing style led to people following him from all over the globe and considered him “one of the best chess players of all time”.
By the age of 13, Fischer was already the U.S. champion and soon dropped out of school to focus completely on Chess.
Now let’s have a glimpse of a match he played which was, for so many years, called “The Game of the Century!” Let’s find out what was so interesting about the game. The game was played between Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer in 1956 when Fischer was merely 13.