Former US citizen and chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer died yesterday in a Reykjavik hospital aged 64, the Evening Standard reports. The cause of his death is not known, but he'd been ill for some time. Fischer will be best remembered for his 1972 clash with Russian Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, which resulted in the US's first …
64 = 8x8
What an associated age for a chess player to die; the same number of years as squares on a chess board.
RIP - a true maverick
I've just finished reading the excellent "Bobby Fischer Goes To War", which is rather worrying as Brian Clough popped his clogs just after I'd read his autobiography.
Leads me to wonder which public figure I should read up on next...
Please oh please
Colin Maclean please pick George Bushes autobiography, or Gordon brown, or the England Football teams or Steve Jobs!
Colin - try reading Jeffrey Archer's - Mrs A doesn't deserve him.
So many heinous wastes of skin, so little reading time...
@ Pink Duck...
...but thank god, for the Register's sake, that geeks never die.
Is that like Calvinball?
Nope, that would be Irish chess, played with a full pint as the "king" in the centre and the winner being whoever captures it first with one of the other pieces on the table using whatever rules they feel like. (Read up on its propless equivalent, Mornington Crescent, for a better idea of how it works.)
Sadly, what with the smoking ban removing most of the Irish chess pieces (fag packets, lighters, ashtrays) from the average pub table, I imagine it would be more like a game of draughts now.
R I P Bobby
Bobby Fischer vs the USSR was a bit like Tanya Andersen vs the RIAA.
Both underdogs won!
Is it only autobiographies or any bio? If the former, I'd say George Bush is out - I don't think he knows how to write. Personally, I think Castro is the best candidate. Let's give Cuba back to the casino companies.
suggestion for Colin MacLean
Has Paris got an autobiography yet? maybe Britney Spears,
Just a thought...
Mine's the black and white checked longcoat, ta.
as a certain person may say;
Thank you Iceland. A very sweet and classy move.
As I can never forgive her for what she did to this country, forget about the problems Blair and Brown have caused us they pale into insignificance when compared to what the Evil Iron Lady did to us, so please pick up Thatcher’s biography next then we can all dance on her grave.
Sadly, completely bonkers, but a wonderful chess player.
Any chess grandmaster who can produce a book called "My 60 Memorable Games" and include three of his losses, as well as a few draws, deserves high praise.