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Books and games by Zoltan Bartok

Game of the Century:

Bobby Fischer vs Donald Byrne
[a "thechesswebsite" You Tube video]

A brilliant win against Addison 
[a "SeanGGodley" You Tube video]

... and against Panno
[a "thechesswebsite" You Tube video]
From the International Herald Tribune
The Associated PressPublished: November 30, 2006 DOHA, Qatar: 
Bobby Fischer is still living the quiet life in Iceland, the home he adopted after being held in Japanese custody for nearly a year. He still refuses to play chess, at least the version that everybody else plays. And he's still a wanted man, as far as the U.S. government is concerned.
Beyond that, there are many things the world may never know about the reclusive chess icon — and Miyoko Watai, Fischer's longtime companion, says she isn't going to break the silence.
"I prefer not to talk about private things," said Watai, who is in Qatar to manage Japan's chess team at the Asian Games.
Watai got swept up in the Fischer saga after he was detained — "kidnapped" is the word she and Fischer use — by Japanese authorities at Tokyo's Narita airport in July 2004. He ended up staying in a Japanese immigration detention center for nine months fighting extradition to the United States before fleeing with Watai to Iceland.
While he was in Japanese custody, Fischer and Watai, who is also head of the Japan chess association, were engaged to be married. At a news conference before leaving Japan, she denied allegations the engagement was just a ploy to confound the Japanese immigration officials, saying Fischer was her king and she wanted to be his queen.
So did they ever tie the knot?
"I'd rather not say," Watai said Thursday in a rare interview with The Associated Press. "I live in Japan now. But I go back and forth."
She does not hesitate, however, to say how bitter she remains over the way Fischer was treated.
"It's very sad," she said. "He can't travel anywhere. He's still on their list. He can't go back."
The Chicago-born, Brooklyn-bred Fischer is wanted in the United States for playing a 1992 rematch against Cold War rival Boris Spassky in Yugoslavia in defiance of international sanctions.
The American chess champion at 14 and a grand master at 15, Fischer became an icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union's Spassky in 1972 in a series of games in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, to claim America's first world chess championship in more than a century.
But his reputation as a genius of chess soon was eclipsed for many by his idiosyncrasies...
A few years after the Spassky match, he forfeited the title to another Soviet, Anatoly Karpov, when he refused to defend it. He then fell into obscurity before resurfacing to play the exhibition rematch against Spassky on the resort island of Sveti Stefan. Fischer won, but the game was played in violation of U.S. sanctions imposed to punish then-President Slobodan Milosevic.
He faces severe punishment in the United States — if convicted, he could face 10 years in prison and a fine of US$250,000.
"He's never returned," Watai said. "Even Spassky has been allowed to visit."
Chess is another home to which Fischer may never return.
Watai, who is 61, said Fischer stopped playing chess long ago, giving it up for a version of his own known as Fischer Random, or chess 960.
"The pieces in the back row are shuffled at random," she explained.
The idea behind the changes is that they reduce the usefulness of memorizing old strategies and make each game more unique, forcing players to think faster on their feet.
"Grandmasters play it sometimes," Watai said. "But it has been slow in catching on because too many people make their livings writing books about how to play the game the way it is."
Watai, herself an established expert in the game, said she agrees with Fischer that the chess world is in need of a shakeup.
"People now have memorized all the variations for the first 20 or 30 moves," she said. "It has become boring, rote. It has lost the dream."
Even so, she is hoping to lead the Japanese team — two high school boys and a 65-year-old grandmother — to a top 10 finish at the Asian Games, a sort of regional Olympics where the traditional style of chess is being included as a medal-producing sport for the first time.
And though Bobby Fischer isn't with her here, Watai may have an advantage.
"The first games will be played in Fischer mode," she noted.
Fischer mode refers to the rules on how long each player is allotted to move.

From Chessbase News

 Bobby Fischer settles down

15.04.2005 - The news was he planned to sue the US Government for $200 million. Now we learn that Fischer has dropped the lawsuit, which may have been filed without his consent. He is settling down in Iceland, enjoying the food (especially seafood and lamb), the space and fresh air, the absence of nuclear plants. We bring you the latest news and lots of new photos.
We reported that Bobby Fischer had recruited La Jolla (San Diego) attorney Richard Vattuone to represent him in a lawsuit against the United States, and that Fisher was ready to file a $200 million claim against the United States illegally revoking his passport and causing a nine-month detention in Japan.
Now a San Diego news service has reported that Fischer has dropped the federal lawsuit, which was filed March 23, the same day Fischer was released from a Japanese detention center and took up residence in Iceland. "He wants to get on with his life," Richard J. Vattuone, the attorney who filed the lawsuit told The San Diego Union-Tribune in Tuesday's editions.
"He's not interested in any more lawsuits, so that matter is over, dismissed." [AP report in SignOn San Diego].
However, we have learnt that Fischer in fact fired his attorney on March 26 this year. It is possible that Vattuone had filed the lawsuit without Fischer's permission.
The Russian news agency RIA reported that Fischer is planning to play another match in Serbia, this time against veteran GM Pal Benko, 75. A friend of Fischer, Janos Kubat, was the source of this information. Kubat said Fischer wanted to play the match in Kanizsa, a town located on the border between Serbia and Hungary, where he had spent some time in 1993. According to Kubat a sponsor has already been found and the venue decided. [Full RAI report in Russian]
The Bulgarian news agency Standart is reporting that Fischer has been invited to attend the M-Tel Masters in Sofia from May 11–22. Organizer Silvio Danailov broke the news before reporters of the Focus news agency. "We have sent a personal invitation to Fischer and a copy of the invitation the Chess Federation of Iceland, asking them for assistance" Danailov explained. From friends in Iceland we learn that Fischer had indeed received the invitation, but that Danailov had not stated any conditions, just VIP treatment. They did not expect Fischer to go to Sofia.
I a recent interview with the newspaper Morgunbladid in Reykjavik Fischer was asked about his best or most beautiful game of chess. Fischer responded, after some thought: “Probably the game I played against Donald Byrne 1956 in New York, sometimes called 'the game of the century. My opponent does not seem to have made any serious mistake, but lost very quickly. The perfect game of chess does not exist, not even that one against Byrne. I took a risk with the move 11...Na4".
He also spoke about his "kidnapping" in Japan, the detainment and the harsh conditions, about his new chess clock, his friendship with Saemi Palsson, the policeman who is so unpolicemanlike, the US tax claims (unjustified according to Fischer), his political views ("There is no law against saying that the moon is made out of green cheese"), and the Karahnjukar Hydroelectric Project in East Iceland, between Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company and Alcoa Inc., the big American Utility. Fischer criticised this mega project which would harm the environment of Iceland, which has the largest unspoiled open wilderness in Europe. He said the project must be stopped, and advocates that Iceland should cut off all relation with the US, close the US base at Keflavik, close down the US Embassy and prohibit all business with the US.
Meanwhile Fischer is being sought by the US media. After the 60 Minutes enquiry HBO and others have requested reporting time with Fischer, who however currently does not show any special interest in being filmed or interviewed. After his fiancée Miyoko Watai left for Japan last Friday Bobby has spent most of his time in his hotel suite, relaxing and acclimatizing. He enjoys Icelandic food a lot, especially seafood and lamb. He is also very gratified to know that there are no nuclear power stations around, just natural thermal baths, lots of space and refreshing air. 


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