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    Bobby Fischer

    Go to http://home.att.ne.jp/moon/fischer for Bobby Fischer's personal website. You can download all his radio broadcasts since 1999 where he rages against, "The god-damn Jews!" etc. You'll die laughing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugnox
    Go to http://home.att.ne.jp/moon/fischer for Bobby Fischer's personal website. You can download all his radio broadcasts since 1999 where he rages against, "The god-damn Jews!" etc. You'll die laughing...
    Bobby Fischer is a great comedian. Unlike the Jews, I do not think he is crazy. But since he is half-Jewish, he is certainly very eccentric as an individual who rants against Jews so much. Perhaps he enjoys the attention... who knows. There is megalomania in his personality. He is, however, an iconic figure for some anti-Semites and chess fans, and his extreme political views add to his mystique.

    I would not say he is an "over-all genius," as he claims: he is an example of a person whose genius is limited to one area.
    "The great African, the great ancient African! Here you have an expression, ancient African, which can be opposed to modern European, and which is at least of equal value. St. Augustine was African and he was of the ancient world; so was Tertullian. And why should we not say: 'We must Africanize ourselves ancientwise,' or 'We must ancientize ourselves Africanwise?'"

    -- Miguel de Unamuno

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    Post Bobby Fischer arrested in Tokyo (after 12 years on the run)!

    http://sport.guardian.co.uk/news/sto...263334,00.html

    Endgame for king of chess, after 12 years on the run

    Bobby Fischer's flight from US justice ends in Tokyo

    Justin McCurry in Tokyo and Stephen Moss
    Saturday July 17, 2004
    The Guardian

    When Bobby Fischer returned to New York after winning the world chess championship in Reykjavik in 1972, he was presented with the keys to the city. Now, after more than 10 years in exile, all the US authorities are offering their wayward son is a prison cell.

    And they will hang on to the keys.

    The US government's 12-year pursuit of Fischer, considered by many to be the greatest player in chess history, ended this week when he was detained by immigration authorities in Tokyo for trying to leave Japan using an invalid passport.

    Fischer, 61, was detained at Narita international airport on Tuesday as he prepared to board a flight to the Philippines, though his detention was made public yesterday. He faces deportation to America.

    The US government has been trying to corner the chess legend since 1992, when he took part in a match - a rerun of his 1972 clash with the former Russian world champion Boris Spassky - in Yugoslavia in violation of UN sanctions.

    But he had eluded capture by living a peripatetic existence in Hungary, the Philippines and Japan, staying in the homes of friends or in anonymous hotels.

    It is not known when - or why - Fischer moved to Japan. He is reportedly a fan of the country's food and revels in the anonymity of Tokyo. He was using the postal address of the Japan Chess Association late last year, but is thought to have continued to travel abroad regularly to avoid arrest. Fischer faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty of sanctions busting.

    Old foe

    The 1992 match was played at the height of the Yugoslavian civil war on the island of Sveti Stefan off the coast of Montenegro, and was funded by a Serbian business tycoon who built his fortune in pyramid schemes and went bust the following year.

    Fischer had not played competitive chess for two decades and his return against his old foe was a media sensation. Chess aficionados, however, were less impressed by the quality of the play.

    Money had been the lure for both players, and in beating Spassky easily, as he had back in 1972, Fischer was said to have earned $3.3m (£1.8m). He spent much of the next year holed up in Belgrade and, in his absence, was indicted by a grand jury in Washington for "trading with the enemy".

    Just before the start of the 1992 match, Fischer received an official letter from the US authorities warning him that if he played he would be liable to legal action. He spat on it.

    Fischer has not visited the US since; he even missed the funerals of his mother and sister.

    The alleged willingness to trade with the Serbian enemy paled into insignificance in US eyes, however, in the hours after the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC in 2001.

    In a live interview on Filipino radio, he celebrated the news of the tumbling of the twin towers.

    "This is all wonderful news," he raved. "I applaud the act. The US and Israel have been slaughtering the Palestinians, just slaughtering them, for years. Robbing them and slaughtering them. Nobody gave a shit. Now it's coming back to the US. Fuck the US. I want to see the US wiped out. Death to the US."

    Fischer has a penchant for radio rage, and Filipino radio is his medium of choice.

    "America is totally under the control of the Jews," he said in a 1999 interview with a radio station in Baguio city. "I mean, look what they're doing now in Yugoslavia."

    In chess circles a frequently asked question is: "Is Fischer mad?" And this may indeed become an issue for the US courts if he is deported.

    He has never really moved on from 1972: he still believes he is world champion (though he refused to defend his crown) and has never quite come to terms with the end of the cold war.

    Demands

    He is reported to have had all the fillings from his teeth removed because he feared the Russians were transmitting radio signals to his brain.

    Spassky reported him to be normal and businesslike at their two-month encounter in 1992, though the list of requirements Fischer filed to the Serbian organisers was the champion lunatic at his battiest: he wanted 15 armed bodyguards, demanded a particular type of chess table and even specified the height of the toilets.

    "We spent a day with his lawyer discussing the knight," said one official. "Fischer said the horse's nose was too long." Fischer abandoned competitive play immediately after winning the title in 1972. He passed up the chance of millions of dollars worth of endorsements, forfeited his title in 1975 and turned his back on chess. He became a devotee of the Worldwide Church of God, though later claimed they had taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from him.

    His behaviour became increasingly erratic and in 1981 he was arrested and held for 48 hours on suspicion of bank robbery. Fischer, who had refused to give his real name to the police, was furious and produced a pamphlet called I Was Tortured in the Pasadena Jailhouse!

    Fischer loathes authority and doesn't believe normal rules apply to him. "I'm Bobby Fischer and I'm a genius," he once told a young Hungarian in an attempt to persuade her to dump the "ordinary guy" to whom she was engaged and marry him instead. It didn't work, and there seems no reason to believe his brand of self-justification will save him from deportation.

    Fischer's supporters in Japan have begun a last-ditch campaign to find a country willing to grant him political asylum. One possibility is the Philippines; Fischer is reported to have fathered a child in Manila and has close friends in the country.

    But the US is likely to put pressure on the Filipino government to withhold asylum.

    "We are frantically looking for somewhere, but it is going to be very difficult," said Miyoko Watai, acting president of the Japan Chess Association. Ms Watai, a friend of Fischer's since 1973, said the former champion had no idea his passport had been rescinded until he was detained.

    "Poor Bobby," said the Filipino grandmaster Eugene Torre, a longtime friend of Fischer, when he heard of his detention yesterday. The rest of the chess world will echo his sympathy for its fallen icon, whose restless odyssey may be coming to an end.
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    Post Re: Bobby Fischer arrested!

    You can listen to his interviews -- including the one mentioned in the article -- here:

    http://home.att.ne.jp/moon/fischer/
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    Post Re: Bobby Fischer arrested!

    Quote Originally Posted by ogenoct

    The US government's 12-year pursuit of Fischer, considered by many to be the greatest player in chess history, ended this week when he was detained by immigration authorities in Tokyo for trying to leave Japan using an invalid passport.
    Maybe the vindictive US gov is most concerned about Fischer's dislike of the US gov and his approval of the 9/11 attacks, his comments denouncing US support of Israel, and so on.....

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    Mad Iceland Offers Bobby Fischer A Visa

    Iceland offers Bobby Fischer visa

    Reykjavik. December 16. KAZINFORM quotes BBC - Bobby Fischer has been on the run for more than 10 years. Iceland says it has granted a residency visa to former US chess champion Bobby Fischer. Mr Fischer is detained in Japan and is wanted in the United States for violating international sanctions against Yugoslavia in 1992.
    Mr Fischer's 1972 match against Russian Boris Spassky took place in Iceland.

    However, Mr Fischer currently has no valid passport and is awaiting a German decision on whether to grant him one, on the grounds he had a German father. At present, he remains in detention, after being stopped at Tokyo international airport on 13 July. Mr Fischer has argued that his US passport had been cancelled without due process.

    He is also applying to have his deportation order reversed, and is applying for asylum in Japan. He gained an injunction in September preventing him being deported while his case is being decided. While in detention, he has become engaged to the head of the Japan Chess Association, Miyoko Watai, but the authorities are still studying their marriage application.


    Icelandic hope

    Mr Fischer gave an interview to Icelandic television earlier this week, stating "I hope the Icelandic government grants me political asylum". Fischer's troubles began after his Yugoslav rematch with Spassky. After the Icelandic decision was announced, his supporters were in a buoyant move. "We're in a happy mood today," said John Bosnitch, head of the Committee to Free Bobby Fischer.

    "If Bobby Fischer has a passport in hand and a country invitation, then we expect the Japanese government to release him, to drop this procedure against him and to allow him to go to Iceland," Bosnitch said. An immigration bureau official confirmed that Mr Fischer might in the end leave for Iceland. "The possibility is not zero," said spokesman Shoichiro Okabe.


    On the run


    Mr Fischer has been on the run from the US authorities for more than a decade, after being accused of breaking international sanctions by visiting Yugoslavia to take part in a chess match in 1992. Before his detention, he had managed to live undetected in Japan for three years, sometimes travelling abroad.

    A brilliant but mercurial player, Mr Fischer became a grandmaster at 15 and shot to fame in 1972 when he beat Boris Spassky of the then Soviet Union. He held the title of world chess champion until 1975, and resurfaced in Yugoslavia for the dramatic 1992 rematch against Mr Spassky. He won the game, but disappeared when the US authorities announced they wanted to prosecute him over the $3m he earned for playing, which Washington said violated US and United Nations bans on doing business in the country. He could face 10 years in jail if prosecuted in the US.


    Source: http://www.inform.kz/txt/showarticle.php?lang=eng&id=104489

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    Thumbs Down Brave Iceland helps Bobby Fischer

    Fischer 'put Iceland on the map'

    By Laura Smith-Spark, BBC News




    Fischer's troubles began after his Yugoslav rematch with Spassky

    Extending the hand of friendship to a man viewed as a paranoid recluse with extreme views may seem a puzzling move. It becomes even more inexplicable when to do so could earn you the disapproval of the US, a powerful enemy. Yet Iceland has offered a residency visa to ex-chess champion Bobby Fischer in recognition of a 30-year-old match that put the country "on the map". His historic win over Russian Boris Spassky in Reykjavik in 1972 shone the international spotlight on Iceland as never before.

    Now Iceland is keen to repay the favour by offering sanctuary to Mr Fischer, an American citizen. He is being detained in Japan and is wanted in the US for violating international sanctions against the former Yugoslavia by playing there in 1992. There is a certain feeling of solidarity, not with his views but with an exceptional champion who is in difficulties


    Iceland offers Fischer visa

    But Gunnar Snorr Gunnarsson, permanent secretary in Iceland's foreign affairs ministry, told the BBC News website that his country had not been able to ignore the grandmaster's direct appeal for help. He said both chess and Mr Fischer retained a special place in Icelandic culture. "There is a certain feeling of solidarity, not with his views but with an exceptional champion who is in difficulties," Mr Gunnarsson said. "In his time he also contributed to a rather special event here, over 30 years ago but that people remember very well."


    Extradition danger


    He said public reaction in Iceland to the visa offer had been "overwhelmingly positive".


    Chess holds an enduring place in Iceland's history and culture

    "It was not possible to grant him political asylum but we could offer him a residency permit on humanitarian grounds," he said. "Now it's up to the Japanese authorities to decide how they will react." Even if Mr Fischer is allowed to travel to Iceland, the US could start extradition proceedings against him there, Mr Gunnarsson said. The 62-year-old recluse has alienated many in his homeland by broadcasting anti-Semitic diatribes and expressing support for the 11 September 2001 attacks.

    Mr Gunnarsson said: "We have been anxious to convey to our American friends that this is a purely humanitarian gesture and we certainly do not endorse some of his statements. "Simply we would like this to be a token of respect towards an exceptional chess player." It was a brave decision on behalf of the Icelandic government and an admirable one

    Lilja Gretasdottir, president of Iceland's chess federation, said the decision to offer Mr Fischer a visa was "wonderful news". "We've been fighting for this since he was jailed in Japan," she said. "It was a brave decision on behalf of the Icelandic government and an admirable one. "A lot of Icelanders - even if they have no interest in chess - feel attached to the memory of Bobby Fischer."


    'Our Beckham'


    She said she doubted Mr Fischer would sit down at the chessboard with Icelanders if he came but he would be welcome nonetheless. "As long as we know he is safe and a free man, that is enough for us. It's the same as for any other human being," she said. "His only crime was to play chess but playing chess is not a crime." One chess player cannot upset the good relations we have with the US

    Pall Stefansson, of the Iceland Review news magazine and website, said people were prepared to make allowances for Mr Fischer's controversial behaviour because "he put Iceland on the international map". He said Icelanders, who form part of the coalition forces in Iraq, were unconcerned about the consequences of supporting Mr Fischer against US wishes. "I think it's Icelandic stubbornness, that maybe we do what we like," he said. "One chess player cannot upset the good relations we have with the US and everyone here thinks it's kind of strange the Americans do this... because he's played chess in Serbia. "For us he has the status of a football player, he is like our David Beckham."


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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4102367.stm

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    Bobby Fischer: Demise of a chess legend

    By Robert Plummer, BBC News Online


    Bobby Fischer's paranoia, obsessive behaviour and outrageous public statements have all but overshadowed his undoubted brilliance as a grandmaster.


    In his heyday, Bobby Fischer was an American icon

    The man who once said that "all I want to do, ever, is play chess" has played precious little of it at international level since he became world champion in 1972. His remarkable defeat of Boris Spassky in the "chess match of the century" should have cemented his position at the very summit of the game, after a run of 20 consecutive tournament victories that is still hailed as the longest winning streak in world chess.

    But instead of capitalising on his achievement, Fischer withdrew from competition. Three years later, the World Chess Federation stripped him of his title for failing to defend it against Anatoly Karpov. Since then, apart from the Fischer-Spassky rematch in Yugoslavia in 1992 that provoked the wrath of the US government, America's greatest chess player has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

    His whereabouts have often been a mystery, but he apparently spent several years in central Europe before moving to Tokyo. His reclusiveness, his anti-Semitic diatribes in radio interviews and - most unforgiveably for his fellow countrymen - his support for the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US have tarnished his legend. "This is all wonderful news. It is time to finish off the US once and for all," he told a radio station in the Philippines after learning of the attacks.


    Unreasonable


    BBC journalist and chess expert David Edmonds, co-author of the book Bobby Fischer Goes To War, says Americans were profoundly shocked by the transformation. "To many people, he had been an American icon in 1972. The match had been presented as a classic Cold War battle," he told BBC News Online.


    Fischer (right) had a clean and logical chess-playing style

    "The Soviet Union had held the world chess title since World War II and chess was an enormously important propaganda tool. Lenin was a keen chess player, so was Trotsky - even Karl Marx himself played chess. "Bobby Fischer was held up as an archetype after that, and many people view what has happened to him with great sadness. They feel he has been letting not only himself down, but the US down as well."

    Certainly Fischer's behaviour in recent years has been irrational to such an extent that many have questioned his sanity. He has repeatedly claimed that he is being hounded by a Jewish conspiracy, despite the fact that his mother was Jewish. Even in his heyday, he was known for making unreasonable demands at tournaments, complaining about everything from the lighting of the hall to the amount of prize money on offer.


    Ruthless


    Fischer also had a gladiatorial view of chess. "I like the moment when I break a man's ego," he once said in an interview, adding to the sense of theatre surrounding him that helped elevate the game from an obscure pastime to worldwide front-page news. "He did enjoy humiliating his opponents," says David Edmonds. "He could sense when his opponent was crumbling before him.

    "But his style of playing was never flashy for the sake of showing off - it was clean, logical, ruthless and efficient. There was nothing ornamental about it. "It was sometimes beautiful, elegant and harmonious, but he didn't try to please the crowds over the chessboard - he played to win the game." Despite the scale of his downfall, Fischer has continued to inspire successive generations of chess players. Many still see him as an artist with a unique charisma, and try to overlook the flaws that have brought him low. But now that Fischer's violation of sanctions against Yugoslavia looks set to lead to a public trial, an endgame is looming that could destroy the last vestiges of his reputation.


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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3900793.stm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    He is being detained in Japan and is wanted in the US for violating international sanctions against the former Yugoslavia by playing there in 1992.
    He is a Chess-player, not an albanian terrorist or something, god damn these governments sure do have way too much time on their hands. Also, how does playing chess violate sanctions? What is Japan holding him for?

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    I've heard that he vehemently denies the Jew rumor.

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