Bobby Fischer in 1972

It’s hard not to feel that this film is really about cars and not chess. Some fine automobiles in evidence, including a Citroen DS and an early Range Rover.

This was when the world was young. A year after the fall of Bretton Woods, but before the deployment of the Oil Bomb. Some consider 1972 the last full year of a golden age.

It’s a beautiful film, anyway, and makes me wish I could feel interested in chess. Even meeting Nigel Short in 1993 (in St James’s Park during his spanking by Kasparov; he told me to go forth and multiply, if I remember rightly) didn’t manage that.

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3 responses to “Bobby Fischer in 1972

  1. I think most of us would struggle to call chess a thrilling spectator sport.

    As for participation, I really liked it for a while as a child, then it started to get more competitive. The problem is, whilst it isn’t yet a solved game, both openings and endings have been very well studied. If you can be bothered to spend hours putting these situations into your memory then you get a lot of wins against someone like me who didn’t put that work in. But, to me at least, that approach takes a lot of joy out of the game, there’s no sense of discovery, of things developing and you responding. It’s the contrast between football (soccer) and American Football, if you like.

  2. Who could be interested in chess once they’ve discovered cricket?

  3. I agree. Give me an opener over an opening any day.