Chess prodigy and former world champion Bobby Fischer has died in Iceland of an undisclosed illness. He was 64.
Fischer was a key cog in the competitive fury of the Cold War, when the U.S. and Soviet Union would compete in pretty much anything. Chess, pick-up sticks, dice, you name it. Sometimes the two nations' leaders would just call each other up and see who could hold their breath longer. And it was a huge disgrace when Gerald Ford lost. And the Olympics… don't get me started on the Olympics. Watching the medal count was like the Cuban Missile Crisis. "Oh shit, if Sergei Bubka breaks another pole vault record, we're going to war!"
Anyway, Bobby Fischer. Jewish anti-Semite, recluse, genius, world-class asshole. And I mean that in an "I'm impressed" sort of way. I would love to be remembered as a genius and world-class asshole. Although I guess I'll settle for just the latter.