9/2/2004 - I picked this CD up a few months back from www.chesscafe.com.
It cost 30 bucks. It's a great CD about Bobby Fischer, the 11th World
Champion. It contains over
1000 official games, including simuls, played by Fischer spanning over
5 decades. Many of the important games are annotated. It also covers the
1992 match in Yugoslavia. Huebner goes over every game of Bobby's "MY
60 Memorable Games" book. There are descriptions and some pictures of
every tournament and match that Bobby ever played. GM Robert Huebner gives
an assessment of Bobby's playing style. There are several video clips of
Bobby. One clip lasting 1.5 minutes, which I think is worth the price of
admission, has Bobby sitting on a bench discussing his career. I think it
is just prior to his match with Spassky in 1972. Bobby confidently states:
" Spassky's afraid of me, I'm not afraid of him." If you want to
learn about Bobby's incredible chess career, this is a great place to
start. I give this CD 5 out of 5 stars.
September 1 of 2004 was the 32 anniversary of Bobby becoming the
11th World Champion. On this date, Boris Spassky resigned the
decisive 21st game of that match. Ali said it best when he won the title
from Sonny Liston in 1964. "I'm a Baaaad man , I shook up the world,
I shook up the world." Bobby Fischer also shook up the world, Bobby was a
baaaaad man at the chess board. Bobby had an incredible run
to win the world championship. He won 20 high Level Gm games in a row.
The streak Started at the Palma De Mallorca Interzonal tournament, where
Bobby won the last 7 games. Then he had an
incredible match run, winning 6-0 against Mark Taimanov in the quarterfinal
candidate match. In the semifinal candidate match Bobby went on to shut
out Bent Larsen by the same score of 6-0. In the final candidate match,
Bobby went on to defeat the ex World Champion Tigran Petrosian by a
score of 6.5 - 2.5. This led to the final showdown against the 10th World
Champion Boris Spassky. Bobby, after a disastrous start, dispatched Boris
and took the world title by a score of 12.5-7.5. No other chess match
has ever captivated the public's interest like the 1972 match.