January 1972

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January 01, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Des Moines Register Des Moines, Iowa Saturday, January 01, 1972 - Page 2 — Chess Bid — Sebastian Leone, president of New York City's Brooklyn Borough, wants chess whiz Bobby Fischer to come home. He has asked Secretary of State William P. Rogers to formally invite Russian grand master Boris Spassky to defend Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Capital Journal Salem, Oregon Saturday, January 01, 1972 - Page 31 — Chess, A Game of Wit, Awakens America: Bobby Fischer Will Move To Win By LESLIE BRAUN L.A. Times-Washington Post Service — NEW YORK — Chess is an intellectual feast played on 64 squares. One participant commands the white pieces Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Montana Standard Butte, Montana Saturday, January 01, 1972 - Page 7 — Chess Wizard Eager to Play — NEW YORK — Bobby Fischer, the 28-year-old American chess wizard, would like it best if an American city were the high bidder for next spring's world title match with Boris Spassky, 34, of the Soviet Union. His Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Gastonia Gazette Gastonia, North Carolina Saturday, January 01, 1972 - Page 3 — Good Luck, Bobby Fischer — IN A society that criticizes baseball for moving too slowly, it is no mystery why the face of chess champion Bobby Fischer isn't popping up on sweatshirts and wristwatches. (Many Americans think a Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Boston Globe Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, January 01, 1972 - Page 10 — Chess Set Sales Are Up 40 Percent — Chess set sales are up 40 percent over the past three years and chess clubs are being swamped with applicants, thanks to the exposure given Bobby Fischer.

January 02, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link Jacksonville Journal Courier Jacksonville, Illinois Sunday, January 02, 1972 - Page 8 — Chess, Game of Kings Booming Across America — NEW YORK (AP) - Chess, once considered the exclusive pastime of intellectuals unpressed for time, is booming across the United States. Department stores are selling more expensive chess Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California Sunday, January 02, 1972 - Page 226 — They Compete On the Quiet: Attributed to Fischer by Walt Taylor — “There has been a tremendous increase in chess interest in the last two years,” says Isaac Kashdan of Los Angeles, “mainly due to Bobby Fischer's being on the road to the world Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Berkshire Eagle's Sunday Sampler Pittsfield, Massachusetts Sunday, January 02, 1972 - Page 4 — Chess Talk by Arthur B. Myers — Sam Riseberg, one of the mainstays of the Pittsfield Chess Club, wandered through the other day dropping chess talk here and there. No chess player worthy of the name can talk to you Read More

  • Permanent Link The Bangor Daily News Bangor, Maine Sunday, January 02, 1972 - Page 11 — Chess by George Cunningham and Gerry Dullea — The most important chess event in 1972 will be the match for the World Championship between Boris Spassky, the present champion, and Robert J. Fischer, the official challenger. Almost every American is Read More

  • Permanent Link The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California Sunday, January 02, 1972 - Page 93 — Chess by Isaac Kashdan — “…Most interest, at least in this country, was in the performance of Spassky, soon to defend his title against American ace Bobby Fischer. A Russian source stated that Spassky was under a handicap, as he did not want to Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Sydney Morning Herald Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Sunday, January 02, 1972 - Page 31 — No White Knight — It was never very likely that America's chess genius Bobby Fischer would have to go to Russia for his World championship series with defender Boris Spassky. The World Chess Federation Read More

  • Permanent Link Sunday Gazette-Mail Charleston, West Virginia Sunday, January 02, 1972 - Page 39 — Chess by Edward M. Foy — In reviewing the chess scene for last year, Robert Fischer's incredible performance in the Candidate's Matches stands out, by far, as the most notable event of 1971; topping off 6 to 0 shutouts in the quarter and semi- Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link Chicago Tribune Chicago, Illinois Sunday, January 02, 1972 - Page 109 — 1972 Thru Jeane Dixon's Crystal Ball — Robert J. Fischer's terrific power of concentration will bring him the world chess championship. (More “Crystal Ball” Predictions…) / /

  • Chronological Permanent Link New York Times, New York, New York, Sunday, January 02, 1972 - Page 125 — Music: Things You May Not Know You Missed--Until Now by Harold C. Schonberg — Mark Taimanov, the Russian international grandmaster of chess, was trained as a pianist. He played Bobby Fischer a chess match in Vancouver last June, as part Read More

January 03, 1972

  • Permanent Link The Guardian London, Greater London, England Monday, January 03, 1972 - Page 13 — Chess: Challenge for 1980 by Leonard Barden — The Alekhine Memorial Tournament in Moscow last month was the first major international event in Russia since 1967. Though the Soviet grandmasters took the top seven places, it was a Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Windsor Star Windsor, Ontario, Canada Monday, January 03, 1972 - Page 10 — The Game of Bluff — In a topsy-turvy world, even the austere game of chess seems to be subject to sudden change. It used to be said that chess was the Russian game just as poker was the American game. And there were good Read More

January 04, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link New York Times, New York, New York, Tuesday, January 04, 1972 - Page 30 — Fischer and Spassky Match Draws High Cash Bids by Robert D. McFadden — The largest cash prizes in the history of tournament chess—sums up to $152,000—were offered yesterday in the international competition for the site of next summer's world Read More

  • The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California Tuesday, January 04, 1972 - Page 2 — Sports — Boris Spassky, the world chess champion from Russia, has his followers worried following his sixth place finish in a recent tournament -- his last before defending his title against America's Bobby Fischer.

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California Tuesday, January 04, 1972 - Page 37 — Belgrade Bid Tops For Chess Playoff by Isaac Kashdan — A bid of $152,000 by Belgrade, Yugoslavia, is the highest of 15 submitted as prize money for the world chess championship match between titleholder Boris Spassky of the Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link Lansing State Journal Lansing, Michigan Tuesday, January 04, 1972 - Page 1 — Belgrade Offers High Bid For World Chess Tournament — New York (AP) — The Yugoslavian capital of Belgrade has offered a high bid of $152,000 to be the site of next June's world championship chess match between Boris Spassky and Read More

  • Permanent Link The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California Tuesday, January 04, 1972 - Page 31-37 — 'I'm Still King' — Russia's Boris Spassky, the world's best chess player, comes off poor effort to face Fischer's challenge, by Harry Trimborn. Moscow— The man with the penetrating green eyes and the neat reddish-brown sideburns sat Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link Daily News New York, New York Tuesday, January 04, 1972 - Page 4 — Belgrade Bids High for Superchess — Amsterdam, Jan. 3 (Special) — Belgrade pledged today an unprecedented $152,000 jackpot in its bid to be chosen site of the forthcoming world chess championship match between Soviet defender Boris Spassky Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link Detroit Free Press Detroit, Michigan Tuesday, January 04, 1972 - Page 24 — Belgrade Bids $152,000 For World Chess Meet — New York —(AP) — The U.S. Chess Federation disclosed Monday that bids opened in Amsterdam for the site of the Boris Spassky-Bobby Fischer world championship chess match next June showed Read More

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  • Chronological Permanent Link The Herald-Journal Logan, Utah Tuesday, January 04, 1972 - Page 6 — Bobby Fischer Impressed: Knicks Edge Bucks In Closing Seconds: Frazier Plays Game Pros Dream About by Milton Richman —New York (UPI)— Bill Russell has seen a couple of basketball games in his time. He isn't easily impressed. Especially by Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link Chicago Tribune Chicago, Illinois Tuesday, January 04, 1972 - Page 19 — Belgrade Tops Chess Site Bids by Joseph Zullo — New York, Jan. 3—The United States Chess Federation disclosed today that Belgrade has entered the highest bid for the world championship chess match next June between Bobby Fischer, 28, the Read More

  • Deseret News Salt Lake City, Utah Tuesday, January 04, 1972 - Page 20 — Dick Cavett Show — Sandy Duncan, Ralph Nader and chess champion Bobby Fischer; Channel 4, 11:30 p.m.

January 05, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Sydney Morning Herald Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Wednesday, January 05, 1972 - Page 4 — Yugoslav Bid For Spassky-Fischer Duel — New York, Tuesday. — A record $US 152,000 in prize-money has been offered to chess giants Boris Spassky of Russia and Bobby Fischer of the United States if they hold Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wednesday, January 05, 1972 - Page 10 — A Real Pro — American chess champion Bobby Fischer, when asked about possible sites for his world title match next June against Boris Spassky, the defending champion, was not at a loss for words. “For me the first and the most Read More

January 06, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link Press and Sun-Bulletin Binghamton, New York Thursday, January 06, 1972 - Page 8 — Chess King Fischer Said 'Mercenary' — Moscow (AP) — The Soviet Union's leading sports newspaper today accused U.S. chess master Bobby Fischer of a mercenary attitude toward his match against Russia's Boris Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link New York Times, New York, New York, Thursday, January 06, 1972 - Page 34 — Chess: Handing Fischer a Move Is Hardly a Prudent Idea by Al Horowitz — The Center Counter Game, below, in which Bobby Fischer met Karl Robatsch, an international master and former Austrian champion, was played at the Varna Olympiad Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Herald-News Passaic, New Jersey Thursday, January 06, 1972 - Page 20 — Chess Goes Big Time — The prospect of prize money of $150,000 or more for the coming world championship chess match between the U.S.'s charismatic star, Bobby Fischer, and the current titleholder, Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union, makes Read More

January 07, 1972

  • Permanent Link The Province Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Friday, January 07, 1972 - Page 34 — Chess: Suttles-Spassky Game Replayed by Al Horowitz — The world titleholder Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union, and Bobby Fischer of New York, the American challenger for the world championship, will meet in a match before the end of June. Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link New York Times, New York, New York, Friday, January 07, 1972 - Page 39 — Fischer Due to Take On 20 In New Rochelle on Sunday — Bobby Fischer, who will play a match for the world chess championship with Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union before the end of June, is scheduled for a simultaneous exhibition against 20 Read More

  • The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Friday, January 07, 1972 - Page 26 — Our White House Coach — Things will really get serious, though, when Mr. Nixon takes a direct hand in the coming world championship chess match between Bobby Fischer of the United States and Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. Imagine this scenerio Read More

January 08, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Miami Herald Miami, Florida Saturday, January 08, 1972 - Page 114 — A Cheque-Mate For Bobby — It is written that “cricket is a game which the English, not being a spiritual people, have invented to give themselves some conception of eternity.” These words come to mind at the flap in Moscow over the alleged Read More

  • Philadelphia Daily News Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Saturday, January 08, 1972 - Page 12 — Before the Yugoslav bid of $152,000 for the world championship chess match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer, NBC's Dick Schapp asked Fischer if he would accept Russia as a site for the match. Fischer insisted: “Absolutely not. I could never play Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Sydney Morning Herald Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Saturday, January 08, 1972 - Page 16 — They're All Playing Chess from Robert Darroch in London —Suddenly everybody's playing—of all things—chess. Sales of chess sets are booming, shooting up 20 per cent in the United Sets over the past six months. Read More

January 09, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis, Missouri Sunday, January 09, 1972 - Page 18 — Russians Call Bobby Fischer Mercenary — Moscow, Jan. 8 (UPI)—The newspaper Sovietsky Sport criticized American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer this week for wanting to play where he will be paid most. A commentary by A. Roshal cited Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The San Francisco Examiner San Francisco, California Sunday, January 09, 1972 - Page 188 — Chess for Cash — “FISCHER MAGIC” some chess fans called it. Bobby Fischer, the 28-year-old American high school dropout who will play the Soviet Union's World Champion Boris Spassky 24 games for the championship Read More

  • Permanent Link The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California Sunday, January 09, 1972 - Page 111 — Chess by Isaac Kashdan: $152,000 Bid For World Title Match — For the first time in its long history, chess has advanced from an intellectual pastime to big business. A record sum of $152,000 was bid by Belgrade, Yugoslavia as the prize for Read More

  • Permanent Link Sunday Gazette-Mail Charleston, West Virginia Sunday, January 09, 1972 - Page 29 — Chess by Edward M. Foy — Following Robert Fischer's decisive defeat of Tigran Petrosian last Fall, a player in Moscow's Central Chess Club was heard to remark, hopefully, “But we've still got Spassky,” True. But the results of the recently completed Read More

January 10, 1972

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  • Chronological Permanent Link The Province Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Monday, January 10, 1972 - Page 11 — In Choosing the Championship Site… Businessman Bobby Favors High Bidder by Alden Whitman, New York Times — NEW YORK—Bobby Fischer, the 28-year-old American chess wizard, would like it best if a U.S. city were the high Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Herald-News Passaic, New Jersey Monday, January 10, 1972 - Page 11 — Cry of 'Checkmate, Comrade' Spurs Sales of Chess Sets by David M. Levine, Herald-News Staff Writer — What can a lanky 28-year-old high school dropout do for the American economy? Just ask the hundreds of North Jersey businessmen about Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Bangor Daily News Bangor, Maine Monday, January 10, 1972 - Page 8 — These Are Big-Money Times — Chess is an ancient and honorable game — a fascinating test for those with the brains and patience to play it well. But apparently today's star players have succumbed to the same fever that afflicts star athletes Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Miami Herald Miami, Florida Monday, January 10, 1972 - Page 149 — The Communists sometimes seem so really naive. Now they're calling chessmaster Bobby Fischer an anarchist because he wants higher and higher bids for a world championship match with Boris Spassky. Belgrade has offered $152,000; Bobby thinks the Read More

January 13, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Miami Herald Miami, Florida Thursday, January 13, 1972 - Page 138 — Letters To The Editor: Champion Chess Game Won't Be Slow Going — The comments made in your Jan. 8 editorial concerning your “loss to understand why” Yugoslavia has made a bid for the forthcoming World Chess Championship Match between Read More

  • The Lawton Constitution Lawton, Oklahoma Thursday, January 13, 1972 - Page 12 — Chess Comes Into Own — Fifteen bids from 10 nations and five cities, ranging from $40,000 from Colombia and $152,000 from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, for the tournament to decide the world championship of chess, shows that the game has come Read More

January 14, 1972

  • New York Times, New York, New York Friday, January 14, 1972 - Page 40 — Off to Bermuda -- for a Bite of Lunch by Charlotte Curtis, NY Times News Service — David Frost took 60 of his better friends to lunch the other day. In Bermunda … Then came Bobby Fischer, the chess champion … [Carl B.] Stokes talked politics. Fischer huddled with Read More

January 15, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Morning Call Allentown, Pennsylvania Saturday, January 15, 1972 - Page 12 — Profit Snafu Perils World Chess Match — Belgrade (AP) — The bank sponsoring Yugoslavia's $125,000 bid for the Fischer-Spassky world championship chess match threatened to withdraw its offer Friday because it said the World Chess Read More

  • The Times Shreveport, Louisiana Saturday, January 15, 1972 - Page 6 — David Frost Lunch Guests Are a Curious Fraternity by Clive Irving — New York — What do these people have in common … chess wizard Bobby Fischer … On the plane home Bobby Fischer devastated all comers with a pocket chess set … / / / / / / / / /

  • The Greenwood Commonwealth Greenwood, Mississippi Saturday, January 15, 1972 - Page 4 — Bobby Fischer's triumphs have stimulated new interest in chess — and new awareness among the novices that this ancient game is more than fun and games.

January 17, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link New York Times, New York, New York Monday, January 17, 1972 - Page 28 — Chess: Fischer Shutout in Simultaneous by Al Horowitz — America's top chess player, Bobby Fischer of New York, scored a shutout in a simultaneous exhibition at the Westchester Shore Chess Club on Jan. 9, when he defeated all 20 opponents in Read More

January 18, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tuesday, January 18, 1972 - Page 2 — Fischer No Genius, Russian Says — Tigran Petrosian, the former world chess champion from the Soviet Union, said American world title contender Bobby Fischer was no genius. But he refused to speculate on the outcome of the next Read More

January 20, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Daily Times Salisbury, Maryland Thursday, January 20, 1972 - Page 14 — From the Sidelines: Check and Mate by Rick Cullen, Times Sports Editor — The call is placed to the Park - Sheraton Hotel in New York City. The telephone in room 2267 rings three times before there is an answer. “Hellllllooo,” answers the victim of Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Central New Jersey Home News New Brunswick, New Jersey Thursday, January 20, 1972 - Page 4 — Chess Summit Is Threatened — Belgrade, Yugoslavia (AP) — Belgrade threatened Wednesday to cancel its offer to host the Fischer-Spassky chess summit in protest against “flagrant violation” of the bidding terms. Read More

  • The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Thursday, January 20, 1972 - Page 34 — (CRITIC) Chess as a Sport — Chess master Bobby Fischer insists that his game is a sport. “You've got to be in top condition to play chess,” Fischer insists. “The tension and need for stamina are brutal.” — Hmmm! We'd like to see Fischer try Read More

January 21, 1972

  • Oakland Tribune Oakland, California Friday, January 21, 1972 - Page 16 — David Frost Show — [IMDB (contradictory dates) TV ] — Guests include chess champion Bobby Fischer, Peter Graves, Richard Roundtree, Jim Bailey and consumer activists Lola Redford and Ilene Goldman. Channels 5; 46; 4:30 p.m. / / / / / / / / /

  • Chronological Permanent Link Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Friday, January 21, 1972 - Page 23 — Where Pittsburgh Chess Mates Gather by Mike Kalina — …In addition to sponsoring many local tournaments, the chess club also invites chess luminaries here to engage in simultaneous exhibitions with area players. Bobby Fischer, Read More

January 22, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link Sioux City Journal Sioux City, Iowa Saturday, January 22, 1972 - Page 1 — Chess Match — During the last year, I have become one of millions across the country to discover the fun and excitement of chess. In the last two years, there has been a tremendous rise in the number of chess players in the United States. As a result, Read More

  • Permanent Link The Gazette Montreal, Quebec, Canada Saturday, January 22, 1972 - Page 14 — Higher Bid — The Swiss journal “Chess Express in its latest issue, lists the bid of Argentina at $150,000 for the Spassky-Fischer world championship match. Earlier they were listed at $30,000, then boosted to $100,000. Obviously they are being allowed Read More

  • The Herald Statesman Yonkers, New York Saturday, January 22, 1972 - Page 16 — Tourney Chess Set For County — … The association believes interest has been spurred by American chess player Bobby Fischer's successes and the publicity surrounding his upcoming world championship match against Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. …

  • The Post-Crescent Appleton, Wisconsin Saturday, January 22, 1972 - Page 3 — Focus '71 — Bobby Fischer “checkmates” Boris Spassky in the World Chess Championship.

January 23, 1972

  • Permanent Link The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California Sunday, January 23, 1972 - Page 152 — Fischer Again Wins Journalist Award — For the second year in a row Bobby Fischer was awarded the Chess Oscar as the outstanding player of 1971 by a vote of the International Association of Chess Journalists. The result was hardly in doubt, though the Read More

  • Permanent Link The Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky Sunday, January 23, 1972 - Page 51 — The King's Men: Soviets Take Cheap Shot at Fischer as 'Mercenary' by Merrill Dowden — An Associated Press dispatch out of Moscow recently quoted the Soviet Union's leading sports newspaper as saying that American grandmaster Bobby Fischer is taking a Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link Chicago Tribune Chicago, Illinois Sunday, January 23, 1972 - Page 240 — Can Computers Ever Learn How to Be People? Reviewed by Martin Gardner — …No digital computer, Dreyfus is convinced, will every play grandmaster chess. Bobby Fischer just doesn't think digitally. It is true that MacHack, the famous chess Read More

January 25, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link St. Joseph News-Press/Gazette St. Joseph, Missouri Tuesday, January 25, 1972 - Page 14 — Bobby Fischer May Pay Visit to Yugoslavia — Belgrade (UPI) — United States chess grand master Bobby Fischer may come to Yugoslavia later this month to discuss conditions for his world chess title match against Soviet titleholder Boris Read More

  • The Des Moines Register Des Moines, Iowa Tuesday, January 25, 1972 - Page 16 — Over the Coffee: Golf Makes No Athletes — IN THAT case, the athlete of the year is Bobby Fischer, hands down. Fischer, the American chess genius, recently completed a string of 13 straight victories in grand master competition — a feat absolutely unrivaled in the Read More

January 26, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link Lincoln Journal Star Lincoln, Nebraska Wednesday, January 26, 1972 - Page 30 — Aleksander Liepnieks Reports on the Looming Shadow of Soviet Censorship by Don Forsythe, Journal Sports Editor — Chess doesn't immediately come to mind when you're discussing lucrative paychecks for participation, but the Read More

  • The Kansas City Times Kansas City, Missouri Wednesday, January 26, 1972 - Page 30 — Town Square Notes — Prospects of televising the Bobby Fischer-Boris Spassky championship match has sort of rekindled the old man's interest in chess. He figures he might finally get the hang of the game from some good slow-motion instant replays.

January 27, 1972

  • Kingsport Times Kingsport, Tennessee Thursday, January 27, 1972 - Page 14 — Eyeball Exercise — …ABC (WKPT in Kingsport) has long been the leader in televised sports. Its Wide World of Sports program, which has been an innovative leader in scanning the breadth of competition, is looking for new ideas, including the Fischer-Spassky chess Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Spokesman-Review Spokane, Washington Thursday, January 27, 1972 - Page 38 — 2 Cities Bidding for Chess Match Belgrade, Yugoslavia (AP) — Edmund Edmondson, executive director of the American Chess Federation, arrived here Wednesday at an invitation of prospective organizers of the chess match between U.S. Read More

January 29, 1972

  • The Orlando Sentinel Orlando, Florida Saturday, January 29, 1972 - Page 13 — Bobby Fischer Taken to Lunch in Bermuda — Frost's junket, attended by such luminaries as former Cleveland Mayor Carl B. Stokes, chess champ Bobby Fischer, writer James A Michener and sometime economist John Kenneth Galbraith, probably didn't set Read More

  • Permanent Link Times Colonist Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Saturday, January 29, 1972 - Page 6 — Chess Master: Chickens and Chess by George Koltanowski — It is almost a year away, yet chess fans should be alerted to what promises to be the greatest chess tournament ever held in these United States. It will last nearly a month, from November Read More

January 30, 1972

  • Chronological Permanent Link Star-Gazette Elmira, New York Sunday, January 30, 1972 - Page 77 — GSA vs. Erasmus Hall High School —… The keyword in Lee's happiness at GSA is “caring.” “In New York, teaching is just a job, nobody cares about how you're doing or whether you even come to class,” he said. “It's different up here. The teachers are real Read More

  • Permanent Link The Boston Globe Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, January 30, 1972 - Page 40 — Chess by Harold Dondis —“Lubomir Kavalek … However, he must wait five years for naturalization unless Congress helps him. His countryman Pachman was beaten savagely as a political prisoner in Czechoslovakia, spent seven months recuperating in a Read More

January 31, 1972

Prime example: This nice photograph, comes from a page which appears very "knowledgeable". They always do. Shrank down...

Posted by Bobby Fischer's True History on Tuesday, January 26, 2021
  • Chronological Permanent Link The Vancouver Sun Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Monday, January 31, 1972 - Page 48 — Fischer in Amsterdam for Chess Title Talks — Amsterdam (UPI) — U.S. grandmaster Bobby Fischer arrived in Amsterdam Sunday for talks concerning the date and site of his world chess title match with world champion Boris Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link The Courier Waterloo, Iowa Monday, January 31, 1972 - Page 5 — Upsurge in Interest in Chess Here — Cedar Valley Club Tourney Expanded — The Cedar Valley Chess club will expand its annual championship competition to include players from Benton, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan, Fayette, Grundy and Tama counties. In announcing Read More

  • The Billings Gazette Billings, Montana Monday, January 31, 1972 - Page 3 — Russ Get Glimpse of U.S. Life — … They are guides at a U.S. exhibit called “Research and Development—U.S.A.” a display of American gadgetry ranging from computers to coffeemakers which opened in this capital of Soviet Georgia Jan. 24. The guides are assigned to Read More

  • Chronological Permanent Link Chess Life and Review, January 1972 - Page 7 — Fischer vs. Petrosian: Getting Ahead by Robert Byrne — Continued from December. After his unsettling start in the first three games, the openings of which were clearly to Petrosian's advantage, Bobby slowly began to get under way. It was Petrosian who backed away Read More

Political Smear Campaign: These articles are part of politically-motivated propaganda spanning 1960's till Fischer's death in 2008. Some sources cited; Ralph Ginzburg (sued by Presidential Candidate Barry Goldwater for defamation); Ronald Gross claimed to ‘move to New York’ to substantiate his rumors but GM Isaac Kashdan in L.A. Times meticulously documents the Gross' S. California residency.)
News articles lacking in journalistic integrity


Reporter, “Ira Berkow”, creates a fictitious interview with Bobby Fischer to endorse the brand name of a commercial product for “Berkow's” own personal financial advantage, and, for a product Bobby did not use, nor would Fischer have endorsed due to strict adherence to fundamentalist religious convictions. One should find it rather strange that such a ® brand name ™ tie is described in such vivid detail by “Berkow” who failed to produce a single photo of it, so why should he be believed? Perhaps the room was too “dark” as he claims, whilst Berkow describes his bizarre invasion of privacy, confessing rummaging through Bobby Fischer's personal property. One should also find it amazing that the reportedly secretive Bobby, normally kept such things like bags under tight lock and key, mysteriously, welcomes Berkow into his unguarded room and everything hangs wide open so that Berkow can report his “exclusive” plunder of the room … An amazing tall tale concocted from other stories already in circulation in syndicated press. Notably, Larry Evans has injected himself again, as the center of attention in this and other campaigns to publicize X-rated for profit publications, at the expense of Bobby's reputation. “Berkow's” article lacks in authenticity and his blatant promotion of a commercial product is evidence of the lack of intergity and personal ethics. Of particular interest, in every campaign to promote the false narrative that Bobby (a staunch fundamentalist who followed a monk-like seclusion and did not even date non-members) would have ever endorsed what was widely regarded as a publication for adult deviants, though Larry Evans does in his columns! Larry Evans always seems to conveniently pop up wherever its opportunistic to make a name, or financial benefits for himself, and so often provides false sensationalized drivel mixed with half-truths, such as found in Berkow's fictitious article which promotes a photograph of *drum roll* Larry Evans of himself with Bobby (when Bobby was NOT even that close to Evans as Evans would try to mislead readers to believe, i.e., during the Buenos Aires match its reported Evans left and returned halfway through the match, because Bobby didn't need him!) Likewise in Larry Evans' publications he often is found peddling the same X-rated product for his own personal financial benefit. Exploiting the name of the religious Bobby was on par for the opportunistic nature of Larry Evans, but not Bobby who was even reported in 1976 ridiculing Garner Ted Armstrong for his sexual licentiousness. This leads me to conclude Bobby Fischer was no hypocrite, but this propaganda is entirely in line with the deviant nature of Larry Evans to reap financial profits from peddling (for profit) obscene material to the public at Bobby's expense. All claims made by Larry Evans must be taken with a grain of salt / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /

1,000,000 bribe offered to “take down” Israel's critics (State PROPAGANDA). In 1980, you could earn as much spreading propaganda, as you could winning a chess tournament!
For examples where Chess has been sold out for a political agenda and deception, see and

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This ongoing work is a tribute to the life and accomplishments of Robert “Bobby” Fischer who passionately loved and studied chess history. May his life continue to inspire many other future generations of chess enthusiasts and kibitzers, alike.

Robert J. Fischer, Kid Chess Wizard 1956March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008

The photograph of Bobby Fischer (above) from the March 02, 1956 The Tampa Times was discovered by Sharon Mooney (Bobby Fischer Newspaper Archive editor) on February 01, 2018 while gathering research materials for this ongoing newspaper archive project. Along with lost games now being translated into Algebraic notation and extractions from over two centuries of newspapers, it is but one of the many lost treasures to be found in the pages of old newspapers since our social media presence was first established November 11, 2017.

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