- n. Russian chess master who moved to Paris; world champion from 1969 to 1972 (born in 1937)
“Spassky is giving a simultaneous display, playing 20 opponents at once.”
“Featuring the photography of Harry Benson going back to the historic 1972 match in Iceland when Fischer played the Russian master Boris Spassky, the film shows how Fischer made chess famous as a pastime and sport, even for those who never played, and is also fascinating for the wife of a chess player with issues.”
“When Fischer wavered about flying to Iceland to compete, Henry Kissinger personally called him to persuade him to face Spassky.”
“His takedown of world champion Boris Spassky from the Soviet Union in 1972 grabbed more headlines and more airtime than a little break-in at the Watergate Hotel.”
“This is sort of a David and Goliath story because Boris Spassky had come into this from a pretty pampered background, and you provide many examples in the film of how Fischer came from anything but that.”
“Your film is coming out almost a week after Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic has been arrested for taking part in the genocide that occurred while Fischer was playing in the chess showdown with Boris Spassky in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1992.”
“Having difficulty dealing with the pressure his sudden fame, Fischer abruptly left competitive chess until 1992 when he met Spassky for a rematch in Yugoslavia as genocide was taking place.”
“The film explores eccentric chess prodigy Fischer's rise and paranoid descent, and uses his historic 1972 match against Soviet chess champion Boris Spassky as its narrative centerpiece.”
“In the decades that followed on his 1972 defeat of Spassky, Fischer often turned down lucrative offers to play chess publicly, including a $1.4 million dollar offer from the Hilton Corporation to defend his title in Las Vegas, and larger sums from dictators such as Ferdinand Marcos and the Shah of Iran to play in their countries.”
“A dozen years after the second Spassky match, in July of 2004, while Fischer was attempting to board a plane scheduled to take him from Tokyo to Manila, the Japanese government accused him of trying to leave their country with an invalid passport, and imprisoned him for nine months.”
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