"When you play Bobby it's not a question of if you win or lose.

It's a question of if you survive."

Boris Spassky

Bobby Fischer's Tribute

Bobby Fischer was an American chess grandmaster who is considered by many to be one of the greatest chess players of all time. He was born on March 9, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois, where they built the North Ave Chess Pavilion in his honor, and died on January 17, 2008, in Reykjavik, Iceland with a spoiled reputation, mentally disturbed and as a renown anti-semite.

Bobby's legacy is complex. We recommend watching Pawn Sacrifice with Tobey Maguire for insight into the mental health struggles Bobby battled with in his heroic pursuit of the World Championship, thereby besieging the prevailing Russian dynasty of Chess. A true David and Goliath story. Fischer cemented his prodigal legacy when he won the 1958 U.S. Chess Championship at age 14. In 1972 he made history becoming the first American to win the World Chess Championship.

Bobby is credited with popularizing the "open" chess style that is now used by most top chess players. He was also known for his strong psychological playing style, and for his ability to out-think his opponents. Fischer was also a strong advocate for chess, and he worked to promote the game throughout his career.

Bobby Fischer was a true chess genius, and he will always be remembered as one of the greatest chess players of all time. We would like to dedicate this tribute page to Bobby Fischer, and we hope that it will help to keep his memory alive. Thank you, Bobby, for everything.


Q: What's the difference between Bobby Fischer and a dollar bill?

A: You can't fold a dollar bill and put it in your pocket!

Q: Why did Bobby Fischer retire?

A: So he could have more time to play chess!

Q: Why was Bobby Fischer arrested?

A: For playing chess in a park after dark.