I thought to mention that I worked with Eric Schiller at the London Times World Chess Championship in 1992, when Gary Kasparov defended against Nigel
Short. I was there for the full two months at Simpson's, and played Gary in the Savoy Theater at Blitz 5 minute chess after the match concluded as he
retained his title. For your information I lost two positionally close games on time. I am master rated.
In a very exclusive note you will hear nowhere else, I just spoke with Nancy Edmondson, the wife of the late USAF Colonel Ed Edmonson, who noted that
was glad when he moved out as a house guest in New York in the early 1970s. It is not what you might think, you see she had to cook for him night
after night, because Bobby would not go out for dinner with Ed and mingle with the other Grandmasters. He would stay there and study chess, he was
really always improving, always getting stronger.
I got to know Ed after he retired to Hawaii, where his wife had her family. He played chess in local tournaments. One of the stories Ed told me and
some other players at the club, was that when he was managing Bobby at Iceland he buttonholed the top Soviet chess official, saying "We have Bobby
hooked up to a supercomputer in New York, and you are going to lose, lose lose!" The Soviet official was taken aback, he believed him! Talk about
Then there was the gem of a story that when Bobby was playing Taimanov
in the final
game of their match, it was adjourned. Col Ed was an expert rated player, strong in clubs but no match for strong masters and above. He said "what if
he moves 41. Rxf6," and Bobby scolded him saying "he loses a rook." The next day Taimanov obliged, and did exactly that! In his later years he
tried to contact Bobby, and he said "he is trying to be more obscure than Morphy."
Morphy retired from chess becoming a recluse, after beating almost every great chess player in the world during mid 1800s, but ended up passing away
in a bathtub.
One cannot defend many things that Bobby Fischer said, and the way he said those things. But as one Grandmaster player-writer stated, "Bobby Fischer,
maybe he really is nuts, but when he sits down at the chessboard, he is the sanest man I know."
[edit on 18-1-2008 by SkipShipman]