Bobby Fischer

How Chess Explains The (Jewish) World

Special To The Jewish Week

For a bright yeshiva student, hungry to understand the nature of the world, there is little to distract from the promise and genius of the Talmud — except, perhaps, for chess.

Check On Anti-Semitism

Staff Writer
Bobby Fischer, the eccentric chess champion who was born into a Jewish family but became an outspoken anti-Semite as he aged, spent some time at Yeshiva University four decades ago. Actually, an hour. In 1963, Fischer, at 19 already an international grandmaster and U.S. champion, was invited to play the members of the Yeshiva College Chess Club — all 30 simultaneously. Thirty boards were set up around the YU dining hall; Fischer walked from table to table, moving his pieces.
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