september 28 2004
So the so-called "civilised" world found nothing better than to put Bobby Fischer in prison in Japan.
"Distrustful as a rat, deceived by too many people" (G. de Nerval), Bobby has been robbed, swindled, cheated since he was at least 18 years old. He has put up with ardently denigrating jealousies, emanating from the worst mediocre people in the chess world, and from others. But even more, he has suffered constantly from inhuman loneliness. Having met him briefly in Monaco in 1967, I had the impression, perhaps the illusion, to understand him.
Like many others, I saw the American politicians licking his boots in 1972 and withering away in 1992.
I remember a Spanish-French histrion who swore by him. When his problems worsened, when certain statements, usually extorted and distorted, didn't please the dogma's supporters, did you see him support him, help him in any way? Like most, he chose the way out. Donec eris felix multos numerabis amicos; tempora si fuerint nubila, solus eris (as long as you are happy, your friends will be many; come adversity, you will be alone).
Let's wish for a start of civilization-sic.
The selected game is the one you can see in the videos.
Have a good reading.