A shocking news for chess world when recent news reported all over the world that the Bobby Fischer the 11th World Champion (1972-1975) have died on the 17th of January, 2008 in
The nature of the illness was unknown but Mr Fischer had been reportedly seriously ill for some time. Spokesman Gardar Sverrisson said Fischer passed away in a
Ljubomir Ljubojevich view about Fischer death.
.Below are interesting excerpts about Fischer translated from Icelandic News:
..."I had just finished putting aside books for him when I heard the news" says Bragi Kristjónsson book-store owner, but Bobby Fischer was a regular guest at his store on the Klapparstígur. "He most enjoyed old American comics and laughed a lot when he read them." Bragi says he also read stories of men who had been chased away from their countries but you could say Bobby himself was in the same position.
"He also thought a lot about chess even though he wouldn't admit it and when I got russian books on chess he was quick to purchase them." says Bragi and adds that Fischer spoke and read fluid Russian.
"He didn't show any Icelandic any interested because everyone here speaks English anyway. He often talked to kids outside the store and they had no problem understanding him." According to Bragi did Bobby even occasionally play chess with the kids outside the store.
Soon after he came to
According to Bragi Fischer felt comfortable within the stacks of books. "He was so calm in here that some times he fell asleep over the books and slept for hours. He also sometimes helped me organize the book stacks that are all over the place. Fischer was of course not like other people" says Bragi. "He was a little obsessed with the fact that he was an outlaw and prosecuted by Americans, but of course the treatment Americans gave him was a complete disgrace."
Bobby was exceptionally good despite his eccentrics according to Bragi. "There were many here that came with books for Fischer to sign and he always took them well and signed them with a smile."...
Another interesting excerpts about Fischer from swissinfo.ch
...."In the 1990s, he was said to be living under assumed names in cheap hotels in
Former friends painted a picture of a solitary man spending much of his day in rooms littered with chess books, oranges and jars of vitamins, playing chess by himself and reading magazines on chess to keep in touch.
One commentator said there was one constant through his life's exceptional peaks and troughs -- his "running battle with the rest of the human race"...