Robert James Fischer or Bobby Fischer was an introvert in his early years; he wasn’t very sociable with people of his age group. His family had to move from Europe to America due to political issues. He ended up living in New York with his other and older sister. Not much information is known about his father but what is known is that he left his family before they left to America.
Introduction to Chess
One day his sister came home with a chess set she had bought in the store downstairs to their apartment. She gifted it to him and that was the start of the journey to grand mastery. Since that day on he began to lock himself in his bedroom and play chess non-stop. He became obsessed with the game, as soon as he got home from school he would play chess until he went to bed. Chess became his life, he was fascinated by it by the time he was 13 he played better than most and by 15 he became the best Grand-master in America.
After 15 he began to play other grand-masters and won to them. He then began to play against many players at the same time winning to all of them as well. He built a fortune and fame with his talent.
Then he went higher up the latter and played against Russian players which have always been the best players of all time. Bobby Fischer started winning the championship games one after another against the Russian players. It got to the point where the Russians thought that Bobby had poisoned his opponent. They searched the whole room, changed the chess set, searched the lights, and cleaned the room all together.
Bobby ended up winning the championship and making himself the best chess player of the world in the 50-60s. But from that point on Bobby’s life started to decay. After he had fame and fortune he started to experience paranoia. He started to think someone was after him, that the government was after him etc. thus he got away from society and disappeared. Everyone started to question where he was and asking him to come back and keep playing.
After several years of isolation he comes back older and looking emaciated. He didn’t want to go back to playing chess, he started teaching.
In the end, Bobby Fischer was and still is one of the best chess grand-masters in the whole world and what we can take out from his life story is that practice and commitment to one’s passion is essential to success.