En Passant

Friday, January 25, 2008


From brash beginnings to cold war heroism to tragic final years, former world chess champion Bobby Fischer was a magnet for public admiration and criticism. Biographer Frank Brady of St. John's University followed Fischer's complex relationship with the media.

Comments [5]

Jeremy from Manhattan

I just wanted to thank you for this obit. None of the obits on Bobby Fischer that I read in the papers, online or heard on the radio really tried to figure out who he was, what made him tick and what the importance of his actions were in the context of the chess world (the world in which he operated). They treated his as a cold war oddity, a nut who had his 1q4 minutes of fame. Of course, more relevant to your program: why? You'd think a simply obituary would be something the news media could handle without any problem, wouldn't you?

Jan. 30 2008 08:37 PM
Ken Baxter from Mooresville, NC

Bobby Fischer was the greatest chess Grandmaster in the thousand-year history of the game. The proof that he was the greatest is the 21 straight victories against the best in the world. No modern day Grandmaster or World Champion ever had that kind of run. In addition, he is the reason why 200 people were in a chess tournament this past weekend in Asheville, NC and why over a thousand come to Philadelphia every year during the 4th of July holiday to play in the World Open. For every American chess player, Bobby Fischer is the primary reason why we play. Thank you for covering his passing. I agree with Frank Brady, Bobby Fischer's mental illness was as unique as his chess skill. The rest of the chess playing world is realatively normal!

Jan. 27 2008 07:26 PM
Whitney Barnebey from Wisconsin

It's "I've Seen All Good People" by YES.

Jan. 27 2008 12:35 PM
Jon from NYC

"Your Move" by Yes

Jan. 27 2008 12:28 PM
Sandra Powell from New Jersey

What was the music played at the end of the piece?

Jan. 27 2008 11:09 AM

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