“Bobby Fischer | Mental Health & Personality”
Dr. Todd Grande
This video answers the questions: Can I discuss the mental health and personality factors that may be at work in the life and death of Bobby Fischer?
“Japanese Officials arrested Fisher in 2004 and were preparing to deport him to the U.S. when Island intervened at Fishers request…dying of kidney failure on January 17 – 2008. He was 64 years old.”
“Fisher´s Mother was under surveillance by the FBI. She was a communist and was speaking Russian…”
“He complained that his opponents were poisoning his foods, they were colluding by pre-arranging draws…his hotel room is being monitored..eventually he became afraid to fly, because he thought the Russians might sabotage the Aircraft. He had a dentist remove all his fillings from his teeths, because he was afraid if he didn´t, those fillings could pick up vibrations or radio transmissions, so the government could harm him or they can monitor him, using those fillings….Any Red Magazines about conspiracy theories, he believed those Magazines provided inside Informations about what the Government is up to.. He was anti-semitic and anti-american…”
“He was concerned about the Government chasing him and spying on him.”
“So Chess is an interesting Game, it´s finite in Nature, but exceedingly complex, so much so that no human being can really fully understand it, no human being can be perfect at Chess, there are just too many possible combinations of moves…Bobby Fisher got losed in the world of Chess and got mesmerized by its unbelievable complexity, always trying to understand again that which no human mind can fully understand, by the attempt of conquering chess, chess conquered Bobby Fisher…I actually think that Chess saved Bobby Fisher from a much worse presentation of symptoms. Fisher was extremely intelligent and had an incredible ability to focus, he was extremely introverted and this gave him a powerful ability to analyze…
I think Chess gave his amazing intellect a place to expand his though process into, a place where he could run free and never hit a wall..so he could just run free in this world…it gave meaning to his life, it also gave him and opportunity to find success and to make money.
Sadly as wonderful as the Game of Chess is…in one way it was Fishers only friend, it was his only constant companion. I believe that Fisher was the greatest Chess who ever lived…
The cost is very high, so this is my thoughts on Bobby Fisher.”
““He had been traveling frequently over the past 10 years, and there was never a problem. I don’t understand why his passport was revoked all of a sudden.” She said he was told he would be deported, but was planning to appeal.
Considered by many to be the best player ever, Fischer became a grandmaster at age 15. He became a Cold War hero in 1972, when he defeated Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union at a widely followed series of matches in Iceland to become the first American world chess champion.”
“Fischer surrendered the world championship in 1975 against Anatoly Karpov of Russia, refusing to play when conditions that he demanded proved unacceptable to FIDE, the International Chess Federation. He resurfaced for a dramatic rematch against Spassky in Yugoslavia in 1992, beating him 10-5 to win $3.35 million.”
“While incognito, Fischer intermittently gave interviews with a radio station in the Philippines, often digressing into anti-Jewish rants and accusing American officials of hounding him. In the radio interviews, he praised the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, saying America should be “wiped out,” and described Jews as “thieving, lying bastards.” Amazing stuff, considering his own mother was Jewish.”
He also announced that he had abandoned chess in 1996 and launched a new version in Argentina, “Fischerandom,” a computerized shuffler that randomly distributes chess pieces on the back row of the chess board at the start of each game. Fischer claimed it would bring the fun back into the game and rid it of cheats.
“He was like a child,” said Watai. “Chess had been his whole life, so he was sheltered from the world in some ways. Once he made up his mind, he would never change it, no matter what anyone said. That didn’t always make people happy.”
“Fischer had long been rumored to be living in Japan, aided and sheltered by chess devotees, and is believed to have frequented a Tokyo chess club. “He came here often for short stays,” said Watai. “He also traveled to the Philippines, Germany, Switzerland and many places.” American officials apparently had been following his recent movements.”
“Filipino Grandmaster Eugene Torre, another longtime friend of the former champion, said Fischer had been planning to seek political asylum in Switzerland and was caught off guard by the arrest. “Poor Bobby,” he said. Fischer was still regarded as a fugitive..”
“….it was inevitable that Fischer would captured and be made an example of. Hopefully some compassion will enter into this latest episode. Otherwise, a man who was once given the key to New York City, lauded by Presidents, and revolutionized chess in the U.S., will be spending much of his time in a federal prison, for playing a game.”
“Six months in a Japanese prison over a passport”
“Bobby Fischer – six months in jail
1/17/2005 – On July 13, 2004 he was arrested at Narita Airport in Tokyo, for attempting to leave the country on an invalidated. Since then the greatest hero of Western chess has been languishing in a Japanese detention facility, now physically exhausted and suffering from dizzy spells. His Icelandic friends, who are offering him refuge, have launched another appeal to the authorities.”
“By Guðmundur G. Thórarinsson
By now Bobby Fischer has sat in jail in Japan for six months over an invalid passport. He is allowed to go outdoors for 45 minutes a day, five days a week. He suffers from chronic and worsening headaches and dizzy spells. It must certainly represent a dubious honor for the Japanese legal system if its behavior results in permanent damage to the chess master’s health. When Fischer’s attorney approached the Japanese bureaucracy asking for an answer to the question of how long they intend to hold him there, the official replied, “We can keep him as long as we like. We can eat him if we choose to.”
For twelve years, this lonely genius has been exiled from his homeland, bereft of friends and family. And in a case that has few, if any, parallels, he has sat in jail for six months because his passport is invalid.”