Hangin's take on Bobby's latest interview

 

8/26/2004 - Here is the latest on the Bobby Fischer saga in Japan. Excepts from the interview can be found on www.chessbase.com.  

Excerpts:
Anchor:
I was told that you are really a ďsuper grandmasterĒ who beat your opponents, all grandmasters, in 20 straight games.

Fischer: I donít like to dwell on the past. Iím interested in Fischer Random now, I am working on a new clock, Iím trying to make chess a more exciting game today. I am not interested in sitting in my rocking chair thinking what I did 10, 20 or 30 years ago.

 

Hangin's take:

Bobby it's nice to hear that you are not dwelling on the past, but how are you promoting the game today ? The only way you can promote the game and make it more exciting is to PLAY or write about chess. Fischer Random has been around for a while now. Bobby why don't you play some Fischer Random matches?  


Excerpts:

Anchor: Bobby, how about the letter by Boris Spassky on your behalf?

Fischer: I saw it, I didnít like it. I didnít like the tone Ė he was trying to make me sound like a weirdie. And he is begging Bush for mercy? What is this?

 

Hangin's take: Well Bobby's still defiant as ever. Bobby still refused help from his friends. He said it a long time ago. I win by myself, no one helps me.
  

Excerpts:
Anchor:
He said that if you had done something wrong he had done the same and should be put into your cell with you.

Fischer: I donít want him in my cell. I want a chick. How about that Russian chick, whatís her name, Kosteniuk? This Spassky, he is a very good ďfrenemyĒ of mine Ė a friend and enemy.

 

Hangin's take: 
Factorial, Double Factorial, I think Kosteniuk would be a excellent choice for Bobby. It just shows you that Bobby's crazy, but he's not that crazy. Chess is an intense competitive brain sport, it's not surprising that Bobby sees Boris as a friend and an enemy. Bobby said, chess is a game where you get to crush your opponents mind. How can you crush the mind of a friend. Chess and boxing have much in common. Ali and Frazier are not best of friends either. They had three intense fights, each made the other greater and wealthier. I think that's also probably true with Bobby and Boris. No other chess match in history did more to promote the game of chess then the 1972 Fischer vs. Spassky match. The 1972 match made Bobby the 11th world champion.  Their 1992 match made both men wealthy. Bobby won both of these matches by 5 points.  Even Spassky legacy grew significantly with his defeat in 1972.  The 1972 match might be  Spassky's crowing achievement. After all he was involved in one of the greatest sporting events of all time. That match showed Spassky's great sportsmanship. I hope Bobby realizes that he has no greater Frenemy than Spassky.  Bobby owes his title to the great sportsmanship of Spassky. I hope Bobby will appreciate that some day.