Saturday, July 17, 2004
Tale of two tall poppies
Barista has a post about the conviction of Martha Stewart and then there was the sad story about the arrest of Bobby Fischer, another unlikable american. Well do I remember when Bobby took on russian world chess champion Boris Spassky in 1972 at the height of the cold war. This spurred a chess craze at my school, just as Nixons visit to China introduced ping pong as a popular pastime.
Even then I sensed that Bobby really was the ugly american as his genius at chess was more than matched by his obnoxious personality.
A more detailed article detailing Fischer's decline from American Hero to despised psychotic exile here.