Searching For Bobby Fischer

The movie Searching For Bobby Fischer is not about the reclusive genius himself, but I still rank it as one of my favorites. The story of Bobby Fischer is far more tortuous, as this informative article in The Atlantic reveals. Although regarded as one of the best chess masters ever, Bobby Fischer’s reclusiveness and paranoia have risen to new levels. His recent anti-American screeds in radio broadcasts from The Phillippines caused even the fawning U.S. Chess Federation to denounce his actions. The article compares his tortured intellect to that of mathematician John Nash, upon whom the movie A Beautiful Mind was based, although “without the happy ending.” Despite all of Bobby Fischer’s achievements, that statement may ultimately sum up the life of this deranged genius.

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