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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Bobby Fischer: chess' first real super star y, Stplemb.r 1971 1HI UTHBRIDOl HHAIO S By LOUISE COOK AwocUted Preis Writer When Bobby Fischer won his first; United States chess championship at 14, the world called him a prodigy. Now that at 29 he has defeated Boris Spassky for (he world title, people are calling him a superstar. For Fischer, however, the over the Russian is simply what he felt he de- serves. "I'm tired of being the unofficial he said several monllis before the match in Iceland got under way. "It's nice to be modest, but it would be stupid if I did not tell the truth. I should have been world champion 10 years ago." Ten years ago, Fisclier fin- ished a surprisingly poor fourth behind three Russians in the tournament playoffs. promptly accused the Russians of cheating, insist- ing that they used the rouncl- robin f oral at to their advan- tage by playing easy matches to draws against each other and saving the lough stuff for him. FORMAT SCRAPPED In 1965, the Internationa! Chess Federation scrappec the round-robin in favor of the player-to-player elimina- tions of Ihe kind that led Fis- cher to the Reykjavik match The American challenger began with a victory at the inter-zonal finals in Palma de Mallorca and went on lart of the recalls liss Grumetfe, who is a vidow. I have two children of my own. One is a boy his age, and Bobby just fit right in. There is complcle trust be- tween us. "Sure, Bobby Is volatile, unpredictable and tem- pestuous, but not tor Ihe rea- sons Iha'; most people believe. "Bcbby is completely hon- hoiy-rt to a fault, And, I guess naive. Some people in- terpret his honesty as con- ceit. It's just that he doesn't understand such things as tact or diplomacy. He always says exactly what he feels." What's ahead for Fischer? More chess, to be sure. Spassky lost championship but not respect of people BOBBY FISCHER BORIS SPASSKY By JULIE FLINT REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) Boris Spassky lost the chess championship, but not the hearts of Icelanders. Not all the islanders were rooting for Spassky, but they grew to respect him. He was applauded day after day as he arrived at and left the sports palace. Bobby Fischer, on the other hand, was some- times booed-the crowds loved to hate him, and surged around him, attracted by his status ar, a star. Mostly, thiry kept their distance when Spassky was around. "Before the match every- body was in favor of Fischer as the stronger of the sale' an Icelandic club player. "But after his strange be- havior he lost a lot of symna- thy. Spassky Is so gentle- manly." Many Icelanders believe Spassky never knew of a Rus- sian statement suggesting that the Americans were tampering with his chair in ar> effort to win. "I'm certain Spassky didn't have the slightest Idea what was going an Icelandic reporter said. In a country where cab drivers hurry to open doors for passengers, the Russian's impeccable manners and dig- nity more than made up for his disappointing show at the board. "We don't like Fischer's a woman said. "Spassky is a gentleman, al- ways punctual GOES INTO SHELL Yet the normally convivial became as aloof in Reykjavik as Fischer. In the initial stages of the match he dined regularly in his hotel restaurant, played tennis and walked by the sea, acknowledging greetings from passersby. But Spassky seemed to withdraw into a shell'as his hopes of defeating Fischer declined. He moved into a private house. He slayed away from the tennis courts and shunned photographers. Like Fisclier, Spassky, 35, came from a broken home. Born in Leningrad, he was evacuated lo an orphanage In Ihe Kirov region when his Jewish parents separated during Die Second World War. Spassky became an inler- national chess grandmaster at 18, the youngest ever at that time. In 1966 he narrowly failed to wrest the world champion- ship from fellow-Russian Tigran Petrosian. He suc- ceeded three years later. Unlike -Fischer, Spassky has not allowed chess to be- come his entire life. "Spassky is a man who en- joys all the beautiful things in says Yugoslav grand- mater Dragoljub Yanosevic. "Wine, women and the good life." Twice-married, Spassky separated from his first wile, saying: "We were like bish- ops of opposite colors." His second .wife Larissa is an engineer in a Moscow ar- maments factors' The couple have a 5-year-old son. His term as champion seemed to lessen Spassky's zest for chess. 4 lions shot SKUKUZA (Reuter> Four lions were shot dead when they wandered into the school grounds in this South African village in Ihe heart of the Kru- ger National Park. Dr. Uys Pienaar. a senior ecologlst at Ihe reserve, said the lions were "so aggressive they would cer- lainly have attacked anyone who got in their way." 20 games simultaneously for "I've never made much Fischer once said. "I've made a living at chess, but not a gooct living." That may change. The championship purse- enlarged by the contribution of a British enthusiast who stepped in when Fischer bal- ked at beginning play be- cause the pot wasn't big for the winner and for the loser. The onporlmiilies for inoi-e mor-sv alreptiv fire to knock, in the form of offers for exhibition games and promotional tours. Financial supnovt in the earlv days came from weallhy clicks to whom Fischer's mother HU- pealed. Mrs. Fischer nickeled the While House and Ihe American Chess Federation to try to get more money for the i960 chess Olvmnics. She also participated in a 6.000-mile "ncace march" from San Francisco to Mos- cow in the time the break came be'ween her ard her son. Mrs. Fischer went to Kng- land and remarried. Fischer never sees her and refuses to talk about her. Fischer also broke with his background in terms of reli- gion. Born a Jew. Fischer now Is a member of the fun- damentalist Church of God. a grouo that observes the Jew- ish Sabbath and holidays. HAS CLOSE FRIEND Few people seem lo have any influence on Fischer and there are few with whom he gets along. One of the latter, appar- SIMPSONS-SEARS The Ail-Weather Leathers Renowned for their long- lasting beauty soft and supple genuine leather coats. We have single- breasted, double-breasted in pant lengths or full lengths only two are shown here from five out- standing styles. 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