Spoiled Children of Divorce


Exemplary Children of Divorce – Bobby Fischer
January 20, 2008, 3:44 am
Filed under: Exemplary Children of Divorce, Mentors

Bobby Fischer, the first U.S. World Chess Champion has died in Reykjavik, Iceland.  A Child Prodigy, Fischer became the U.S. Chess Champion at Age 14, Grandmaster at Age 15, and World Champion at Age 24.  For the last 30 years of his life, Fischer became an eccentric recluse, moving from Country to Country.  He was weird and paranoia but some of the stories about what he had to go through are the types of things that really can make a person paranoid.  According to Wikipedia he was arrested once in Los Angeles for committing a bank robbery and then again arrested in Japan and held for nine months for defying rules about playing against Boris Spassky in 1992.  What got to me was the part where he was anti-semitic, but Jewish.  Born in the U.S. Fischer had his citizenship revoked.  All this repeat loss/rejection of home makes me wonder if this is some sort of Fall Out from childhood issues. Fischer had one older sister. He was admitted to the Chess Club when he was 7 and found some solid male mentors there.

The obituary, of course, did not mention that Fischer was from a Divorced Family, just that he had been raised by his Mother and lived with her.  So I’ll mention it here:  Bobby Fischer was from a Divorced Family.  There is some dispute about his Father.  The man listed on the Birth Certificate was a German biophysicist. His Mother was married to the German and they divorced when Fischer was two. The Other Man may have been a Hungarian Physicist, a Jewish Guy which makes the anti-semitic remark(s) seem more logical.

Listed quote in the newspaper, gnarly Divorce type thinking for sure:  “Chess is war on a board…the object is to crush the other man’s mind.”


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