Bobby Fischer – a life in quotes

Here is a selection of Bobby Fischer quotes I found, mainly from Wikiquote:

All that matters on the chessboard is good moves.

I’m not as soft or as generous a person as I would be if the world hadn’t changed me. Interview with Ralph Ginzburg, 1961

I’m not afraid of Spassky. The world knows I’m the best. You don’t need a match to prove it. Interview by William Lombardy, 1972

Karpov, Kasparov, Korchnoi have absolutely destroyed chess by their immoral, unethical, prearranged games. These guys are really the lowest dogs around, and if people knew the truth about them, they would be held in more contempt than Ben Johnson, the runner, and they’re going to know the truth when I do this book! Press Conference, September 1 1992

What is going on is I am being persecuted night and day by the Jews, for telling it like it is. They want to put me in jail, they’re robbing me of everything I have, they’re continuously lying about me. I’ve had enough of this shit. The latest thing they’ve done is I had some stuff in storage back in Pasadena for 12 years, spent a fortune on storage fees, a fortune on safes… and these God-damn Jews in America have just gone and grabbed it all. Radio Interview, January 13 1999

My main interest right now is to expose the Jews. This is a lot bigger than me. They’re not just persecuting me. This is not just my struggle, I’m not just doing this for myself… This is life and death for the world. These God-damn Jews have to be stopped. They’re a menace to the whole world.  Radio Interview, March 10 1999

America is totally under control of the Jews, you know. I mean, look what they’re doing in Yugoslavia. Radio Interview, May 24 1999

I studied that first Karpov-Kasparov match for a year and a half before i cracked it, what they were doing, and discovered that it was all prearranged move-by-move. There’s no doubt of it in my mind. Radio Interview, June 27 1999

I object to being called a chess genius because I consider myself to be an all around genius who just happens to play chess, which is rather different. A piece of garbage like Kasparov might be called a chess genius, but he’s like an idiot savant. Outside of chess he knows nothing. Radio Interview, July 6 2001

I was in Japan a couple of months ago, I saw a preview for the movie Pearl Harbor. And they showed the Japanese airplanes coming in to bomb Pearl Harbor, and I applauded. Nobody else in the theater applauded. Radio Interview, July 6 2001

Look at all I’ve done for the US. Nobody has single-handedly done more for the US image than me, I really believe this. When I won the World Championship in ’72, the United States had an image of, you know, a football country, baseball country, but nobody thought of it as an intellectual country. I turned all that around single-handedly, right? But I was useful then because there was the Cold War, right? But now I’m not useful anymore, you see, the Cold War is over, and now they want to wipe me out, steal everything I have, put me in prison, and so on. Radio Interview, September 11 2001

Look at the history of the (United States). The history of the country is basically what? Get something for nothing, right? Take, kill. They invaded the country, they robbed the land of the American Indians, they killed almost all of them off… That’s the history of the United States. A despicable country. Radio Interview, September 11 2001

I was going to do a book about the first prearranged Karpov-Kasparov match, ’84-’85. But the God-damn Jews have stolen my entire file on that. Radio Interview, January 27 2002

The United States is an illegitimate country, just like Israel. It has no right to exist. That country belongs to the Red man, the American Indian… It’s actually a shame to be a so-called American, because everybody living there is a usurper, an invader taking part in this crime, which is to rob the land, rob the country and kill all the American Indians. Interview en-route to Iceland, March 24 2005

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One Response to Bobby Fischer – a life in quotes

  1. Alberto says:

    Definitively, he went nuts.

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