Yes, it’s official. Bobby Fischer, possibly the greatest chess player ever to live, has passed away.
Let’s not remember him for his strong personality and antics, but instead of what he did for the game. Mr. Fischer greatly helped chess evolve during the 70’s, and many modern masters look up to him. At least three opening lines are named after him. He won over 400 tournaments during his career. He invented the Fischer clock. He invented Chess960. His game with GM Spassky was the most documented chess game in history, and that single event thrust chess into a golden age. Most modern GM’s would not be where they are today without Robert’s contributions to chess. In fact, chances are the Knights Errant would not even exist. Without him, chess would likely be on the same level now as American bowling is – played, yet all but forgotten. Fischer’s very death is symbolic, as he died at age 64 – the same number of squares on a chessboard.
We owe Bobby a great debt. Let’s pledge never to forget what he did for us.