File picture of Viswanathan Anand (TOI picture)
KOLKATA: Former World champion Bobby Fischer stays some 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 keep in mind enjoying a blitz occasion at Reykjavik in Iceland,” Anand mentioned throughout a dialog with GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly on his YouTube present. However, the India No. 1 participant mentioned he himself didn’t make an effort to satisfy Fischer.
“It was Iceland GM Helgi Olafsson who asked me if I would like to meet Fischer, which obviously 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 largely.
Accordingly Helgi picked each Anand and his spouse Aruna after which Fischer for dinner at an area restaurant.
“We did not go to Fischer’s place. Instead Helgi parked the car at a distance from Fischer’s apartment and called him up as he joined us soon,” 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 by so much in life transferring out from the USA and Japan.
“Fischer told me how he used to get into a bus in a terminus and travel along the whole route and return to that same terminus. He claimed that way he got to see the whole city better,” Anand said.
But what amazed the Indian couple was that Fischer requested for some Indian ache balm from them.
“He searched for that particular pain balm in all cities that he visited,” Anand mentioned.
“He (Fischer) even asked me if I could send him some (balm) and took our address, saying perhaps he would visit us someday,” Aruna, who discovered Fischer to be a charismatic persona, added.
However, 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 two greats did change some ideas on chess as Fischer felt that the pc was killing creativity, to which Anand additionally agreed.
“But Fischer seemed still to be worried that the CIA was following him,” Anand said.