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Bobby Fischer 1971 in Argentina

“…Quinteros, who was with Fischer when he defeated Spassky in '72 and again in '92, downplayed these incidents and said Fischer is neither as strange nor as anti-American as some have portrayed him. "He likes his country," Quinteros said. "He may not appreciate some of the people who are running it, but there is no doubt that he likes his country."

Fischer's first visit to Argentina was in 1971, when he defeated Tigran Petrosian in the set-up to the world championship. Adulating Argentines gave Fischer a hero's send-off after his victory, and ever since there has been an affinity between the capricious chess king and a legion of followers here.

A lot has happened since. The boyish Fischer who left in 1971 wore dark suits and thin ties, combed his hair and smiled a lot. And then, a quarter of a century later, he came back a burly and angry man with a salt-and-pepper beard, a baseball cap and a head full of conspiracy theories.”

Washington Post
Bobby Fischer's Strange Moves
By Gabriel Escobar September 11, 1996

Translated from “Fischer with the kids!”


Fischer, the chess, the square and the boys of River and Boca: Buenos Aires 1971.

Translated from, “Bobby Fischer: Iceland and Buenos Aires”

Iceland's previous fame in the sport came from chess.

All because Iceland was the home chosen by the great American Bobby Fischer.

But to tell this story we need to land in a neighboring country: Argentina, another country that adopted Fischer.

For the new or not so close to chess: Robert James Fischer was more than a player, but a symbol of the American-Soviet clash in the Cold War.

At age 6, he won the first board. At 14, he was already the absolute champion of the USA.

In this time - 1959, with 16 -, landed in Buenos Aires for the first time.

He loved the city. He found a resonance of Buenos Aires. Obsessive and brilliant. And a person with habits as peculiar as appearing, without warning, in the newspaper “La Crónica” newspaper simply because he read it. He left without saying goodbye.

Fischer was in other Argentine cities like Mar del Plata and Córdoba, but breathed Buenos Aires three times, proof of his love for the capital.

This frequency of visits from Fischer to the only place was quite unusual. He openly said he did not like adults - just chess, animals, and children.

Bobby had all this in Buenos Aires lands in 1969, 1971 and 1996 - the last, to play a match of his random chess in which the pieces come out of positions other than the common ones.

His most famous passage through Buenos Aires was that of 1971, when he qualified to face then-world champion, the Soviet Boris Spassky.

The Selective Candidate Tournament, which designated the challenger to the throne, took place at the Teatro San Martín, four blocks from the Obelisk, on Corrientes Avenue, stopping to see Fischer destroy the also Soviet Tigran Petrosian.

The Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1971) and Petrosian - Korchnoi Candidates Semifinal (1971) was followed by a match between Fischer and past World Champion Petrosian, scheduled in Buenos Aires from September 30 - October 26, 1971.
The winner would be the challenger for the World Champion title, in a match against Boris Spassky.


(Photo : Jerry Cooke/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
Closeup of Bobby Fischer in action, 10/5/1971