15. Nov, 2020

How popular was Bobby Fischer ?

For a few weeks in 1972, Bobby Fischer was the main news story of the world. His match in Reykjavik against Boris Spassky elevated him to global A-list celebrity status. He's still a household name almost half a century after the match.

Before Bobby Fischer battled it out against Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky in the 1972 World Chess Championship in Iceland, chess wasn’t especially popular with people anywhere at all. When the Fischer–Spassky match took place, chess just skyrocketed — mainly because of Fischer’s fame and antics.

😎 Video - Bobby Fischer meets comedian Bob Hope (6:37)

😎 Video - Can you beat a grandmaster ? (6:57)