File picture of Viswanathan Anand (TOI photograph)
KOLKATA: Former World champion Bobby Fischer stays one of the enigmatic characters that world chess has ever produced. India’s first Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand had the chance of assembly the eccentric genius in 2006, a few years earlier than the US-born participant handed away.
“I bear in mind taking part in a blitz occasion at Reykjavik in Iceland,” Anand mentioned throughout a dialog with GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly on his YouTube present. Nonetheless, the India No. 1 participant mentioned he himself didn’t make an effort to fulfill Fischer.
“It was Iceland GM Helgi Olafsson who requested me if I wish to meet Fischer, which clearly you don’t decline,” Anand said.
Fisher settled down at Reykjavik after being granted an Icelandic passport and citizenship however stored out of public eyes principally.
Accordingly Helgi picked each Anand and his spouse Aruna after which Fischer for dinner at an area restaurant.
“We didn’t go to Fischer’s place. As a substitute Helgi parked the automotive at a distance from Fischer’s condominium and known as him up as he joined us quickly,” Anand mentioned.
Fischer, who beat Russian Boris Soassky in arguably the best match in chess within the 1972 World championship match, by then had gone via rather a lot in life transferring out from the USA and Japan.
“Fischer informed me how he used to get right into a bus in a terminus and journey alongside the entire route and return to that very same terminus. He claimed that manner he bought to see the entire metropolis higher,” Anand said.
However what amazed the Indian couple was that Fischer requested for some Indian ache balm from them.
“He looked for that exact ache balm in all cities that he visited,” Anand mentioned.
“He (Fischer) even requested me if I might ship him some (balm) and took our tackle, saying maybe he would go to us sometime,” Aruna, who discovered Fischer to be a charismatic persona, added.
Nonetheless, Anand didn’t get an opportunity to play with Fischer, though they analysed some video games on the magnetic chess set that Fischer was carrying with him until the dinner was served.
The 2 greats did trade some ideas on chess as Fischer felt that the pc was killing creativity, to which Anand additionally agreed.
“However Fischer appeared nonetheless to be fearful that the CIA was following him,” Anand said.