Friday, December 17, 2004

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Appeal to drop charges against Mr. Robert James Fischer and set him free from detention in Japan

We urge Mr. George W. Bush, the President of the United States of America, and the United States Government, to pardon Mr. Robert James Fischer of any charges for having violated sanctions against the former state of Yugoslavia, by playing a chess match there with Boris Spassky in 1992.

Bobby Fischer devoted the best part of his life solely to the art of chess and reached unprecedented heights and genius in his play. His achievements in the field were such that his name will always inspire awe in the minds of those who appreciate the magic of chess.

In 1972 Fischer gave the United States the World Championship Title in Chess after decades of domination by the Soviet Union. Bobby Fischer’s victory over Boris Spassky in Reykjavik in 1972 must count as one of the greatest achievements in the history of sports and international competition.

At the height of the Cold War, ending the Soviet domination on the chess scene was an international event loaded with deep political and cultural significance of historic proportions. The triumph for the United States was immense; the loss for the Soviet Union was humiliating. Fischer was greeted as a national hero.

Bobby now may face a $250,000 fine, ten years in prison, or both. In this whole drama, however, not a single person involved in the 1992 Fischer-Spassky Match has been indicted or even criticized for their participation; no one except Fischer.

No other Americans were indicted for their involvement in the organization and arrangement of the match and neither Boris Spassky, Lothar Schmid or others involved were faced with any reproachment for their participation. In 1992 in Yugoslavia, Bobby Fischer’s only crime was to play chess again, after years of isolation.

Fischer is unlikely to ever repeat his crime; it is assumed he has left chess forever. Through his exile, Fischer’s punishment has already been severe.

Twenty years after being hailed as a national hero in his home country, on the 20th anniversary of his legendary US victory in the “Match of the Century”, Bobby Fischer finally returned to chess and earned a US arrest warrant.

I used to follow his games by reading the newspaper from age 7, trying
to understand Fischer’s approach to chess.


He is an absolute master and would outwit opponents by being able
to predict the other’s moves out to 7 or 8 exchanges, to set a unique trap.


Chess gives one the ability to persist and stay on task, no matter
the odds, chaos, or opposition- one mind, one pure focus.


That chess philosophy applied in the real world to his extreme, got
Fischer into trouble.
Right or wrong, you have to admire that type of
persistence.


It was no matter the consequences, or what anyone else says, he
just acted on his own conscience, and will die thinking he is right, and all
that disagree with him are wrong.


-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)



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