Tuesday, February 04, 2014

A special interview with Bobby Fischer by Mike Wallace


From the archives: Bobby Fischer in 1972

Before he became a mad recluse, chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer gave an unforgettable interview to Mike Wallace in 1972


This week on the broadcast, the world's No. 1 chess player, Norway's Magnus Carlsen, tells Bob Simon that winning a chess match is more than just defeating your opponent-- it's destroying him.

"I enjoy it when I see my opponent...really suffering," Carlsen said with a grin.

It's not the first time we've heard this kind of talk. In 1972, Mike Wallace profiled the infamous Bobby Fischer, who was then only 29 years old and training for his Cold War showdown against Russia's Boris Spassky. Here's an excerpt from that story:

WALLACE: Winning for winning's sake is important, but do you like to beat another man?

FISCHER: Yes, I like to beat another man.

WALLACE: You smile about it. Do you like to crush another man's ego?

FISCHER: Uh-huh, so when they go home that night, they can't kid themselves that they're so hot.

We all know how Fischer's story ended, sadly, but the board is still a world of opportunity for today's young superstars.


Source: http://www.cbsnews.com

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

" I enjoy it when I see my opponent...really suffering" = Seeing Nakamura and his number 1 troll shaking his head for 10 mins when he realizes he will lose again. Hahaha.

Anonymous said...

Nakamura is way better than Fischer. He's much higher rated.

Curt said...

Will you please block the guy who comments about Nakamura all the time. He wants us to hate him, but Naka is a nice person.

Anonymous said...

This Anonymous Nakamura fanatic must be Nakamura....cant be anyone else...

Anonymous said...

This Anonymous Nakamura Fanatic must be non-other than Nakamura himself...

Anonymous said...

It is probably true that HN is higher rated than Fischer was, but not that much higher. RJF however left a chessical legacy, which HN has yet to leave.

Anonymous said...

No one can compare themselves with Nakamura. He is far superior than everybody else.

HermanTheGerman said...

So the video shows that Bobby Fisher is really one of a kind.

He had no trainer, no manager, he did it all by himself.

This takes him beyond any comparison as a chessplayer but also added to his mental complexity.

Anonymous said...

Please don't block me from posting. Nakamura is my life. I have no job nothing else to do but honor Nakamura. I will go craz. If you block me. Oh wait, am I psycho already?

Anonymous said...

This Naka-freak is needs therapy.

Anonymous said...

Nakamura is NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND, get over it !!!