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Bobby Fischer (1943–2008)

Bobby Fischer was the greatest American chess player in history and might have been the most talented chess player ever to play the game. His career and legacy were marred by eccentricities that developed into what likely was full-blown mental illness that made him an exile from his country of birth that he represented in the greatest proxy battle ... See full bio »


(age 64) in Reykjavik, Iceland

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The Bob Hope Special
I've Got a Secret
I've Got a Secret Himself - Guest
The David Frost Show


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 1972 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
- Episode #11.228 (1972) ... Himself
 1972/II The Bob Hope Special (TV Movie)
 1972 The David Frost Show (TV Series)
- Episode #4.94 (1972) ... Himself
 1971 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Himself - Chess Champion
- Episode #11.2 (1971) ... Himself - Chess Champion
 1958 I've Got a Secret (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- Episode dated 26 March 1958 (1958) ... Himself - Guest
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 2015 The Game of the Century (Short)
 2014 Pawn Sacrifice
Himself (uncredited)
 2012 Aspekte (TV Series documentary)
- Episode dated 25 May 2012 (2012) ... Himself
 2011 Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Chess Player
- Cracks in the Wall (2011) ... Himself - Chess Player
 2011 Bobby Fischer Against the World (Documentary)
 2011 Chess History (Video documentary short)
 2011 The Fight for Fischer's Estate (Video documentary short)
 2010 Opelo za Bobija Fisera (Documentary)
 2004 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- Bobby Fischer (2004) ... Himself

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Other Works:

(book) "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess". Basic Systems, Inc., 1966.

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3 Biographical Movies | 12 Print Biographies | 31 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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All that matters on the chessboard is good moves. See more »


Due to his anti-American and anti-Semitic statements, he became a controversial figure in the final decades of his life. He, for example, asked the editors of Encyclopedia Judaica to remove his name from the publication because he was, and has never been, Jewish (1984) and denied the Holocaust in several interviews. On a radio show shortly after the 9/11 attacks, he proclaimed them "a wonderful ... See more »


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The Bad Boy of Chess

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