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Bobby Fischer and Bob Hope Shortly after Bobby Fischer's famous victory over Boris Spassky to win the world chess championship in 1972, the 29-year-old Fischer--who was widely regarded as a Cold War hero in the western world--appeared on a Bob Hope special in this terrific skit. (Listen to the long ovation he gets when he first appears!) Fischer showed unexpected but wonderful humor, comedic timing, and an endearing personality. Sadly, those personal traits wouldn't last long in Fischer's real life.
Tags: Bobby  Fischer  Bob  Hope  chess  comedy  skit 
Added: 16th May 2017
Views: 597
Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2017-05-16 
There are a handful of humorous allusions in this skit that might be lost on people who did not follow (or do not know about) the 1972 Fischer-Spassky matches in Iceland. In the first game of the match, Fischer arrived late. He quickly became agitated by the sound of movie cameras and the movement of the audience. Fischer lost. When the issues weren't rectified to Fischer's satisfaction before Game #2, he defaulted that game to Spassky. Many people expected Fischer to leave Iceland. Indeed, He intended to do so, but an avalanche of telegrams from chess fans and a telephone chat with Henry Kissinger persuaded Fisher to stay and complete the match. Fisher won the best-of-24 match in 21 games by a result of 7 wins to 3 with 11 games drawn. (Because of a bitter dispute over the format of the how the 1975 championship match would be contested, Fisher never defended his tile and became a recluse. Until the day he died at age 64, Fischer always claimed to be the true world champion because he never lost the title in actual chess play.)
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