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Bobby Fischer Found

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the governments-never-play-for-a-draw dept.

The Courts 1379

paulydavis writes "Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer, wanted since 1992 for playing a tournament in Yugoslavia despite U.N. sanctions, was detained in Japan for an apparent passport violation and will be deported to the United States."

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Changed the view of the US? (4, Interesting)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715417)

Radio Interview [att.ne.jp] from 9/11/2001.

While I disagree with just about everything he has to say he did mention (paraphrase) "now that the Cold War is over and now they want to wipe me out because I am useless." He's probably right. The USSR was using their hand picked superstars (athletes mostly) to make their country seem superior. Bobby Fischer certainly made the US look much better than usual in that regard, but he has the view that he single-handedly changed the view of the United States from a baseball and football (US) country to one of intellectuals... This I just don't agree with. Maybe for that brief moment in time (1972). It's certainly not considered that now (or in 2001).

Re:Changed the view of the US? (5, Funny)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715467)

Maybe for that brief moment in time (1972). It's certainly not considered that now (or in 2001).

Oh, just give that Jeopardy guy a chance. By the time he tops $10 million, the country will be teeming with Brainiac wannabes...

Re:Changed the view of the US? (0, Flamebait)

ViolentGreen (704134) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715578)

Bobby Fischer certainly made the US look much better than usual in that regard, but he has the view that he single-handedly changed the view of the United States from a baseball and football (US) country to one of intellectuals...

Well I had never heard of him before this. Chess requires an enormous amount of stragegy and intellect but the fact that one's a good chess player doesn't put him in the same class as others like Richard Feinman.

Jesus! (2, Interesting)

mfh (56) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715585)

Did you listen to the whole thing? He's fucking nuts! I guess there is such a thing as being too intelligent. I just thought that if you were intelligent, you'd be smart enough to know where the straw men are. He said the Holocaust was a hoax, among other really scary things.

Re:Changed the view of the US? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715614)

What are you talking about? we certainly are a country of intellectuals now. we don't let jingoism and "big lie" techniques distract us from the important issues of the day, we have a thoughtful, well-reasoning president who knows being intelligent means you have to adapt to the situation, even change your views, and not stubbornly believe something despite all facts saying otherwise, we are reading books other than the bible, we believe in evolution and not creationism, and we understand that upper class tax cuts may provide a temporary "high" but will only lead to misery later on.

Oh wait that was just in my dreams

Fisching Trip (5, Funny)

mfh (56) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715421)

> Fischer, indicted by a grand jury in 1992, managed to elude authorities and left a tantalizing trail that included radio broadcasts from the Philippines and sightings in Japan.

So Fischer played a 12 year game of chess against the feds and lost, eh? That's the problem when you run from the law... you can't 'mate 'em, but they can 'mate you in 12.

Re:Fisching Trip (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715586)

It isn't the "mate in 12" he is worrying about, it is the "mate in prison" that is his real problem now.

Sure... (1)

Pii (1955) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715621)

But is it Conjugal Visit prison, or Federal Pound-me-in-the-Ass Prison?

Re:Fisching Trip (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715624)

...an intersting gambit.

Re:Fisching Trip (4, Funny)

JosKarith (757063) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715618)

"you can't 'mate 'em, but they can 'mate you in 12."
What a coincidence - that's almost certainly what they said to "Shower Bitch Bobby" was told as he was escorted to his cell.

Bobby Fischer Found... (0)

inkdesign (7389) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715422)

and he's back to kick some computer ass!

Locked Up (-1, Troll)

PacketScan (797299) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715424)

Tagem and bagem. Through this guy in jail and loose the key

Re:Locked Up (1, Offtopic)

mnemonic_ (164550) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715437)

That is the worst written post I have ever read on Slashdot.

And that's saying a lot.

Re:Locked Up (0, Redundant)

Japong (793982) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715478)

When did they allow hicks on /.? Tag and bag? LOOSE the key? How much looser could you make it?

Re:Locked Up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715606)

If you tag and bag (as in toe tag and body bag), hopefully you won't need a key.

I found him! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715425)

He was in my pants!

Thank God!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715428)

They finally caught that villain! Justice is served!

Re:Thank God!! (3, Funny)

gmletzkojr (768460) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715497)

Yes, finally our world will be safe from rogue chess players. Now the US can spend its resources on petty topics, such as the economy, drugs, unemployment, invading other countries, etc, etc.

Well, only non-medicinal drugs.

Re:Thank God!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715617)

only non-medicinal drugs

I guess you heard the ruling from Social Security that they will strip the wording out of the rules that states (paraphrase of course) "Obesity will not be treated under the direction or payments of the Social Security Administration". So the wording is left up to a doctor to determine if Obesity is a disease related illness like alcoholism.

Has to be Said... (2, Funny)

illuminata (668963) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715430)

Checkmate, bitch!

Re:Has to be Said... (2, Funny)

dasmegabyte (267018) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715534)

I wonder if the Japanese customs agent was clever enough to ask him "Trick or Treat" before slapping on the cuffs.

Open mouth, insert paranoid foot (4, Interesting)

erick99 (743982) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715433)

I was somewhat surprised to find this in the article:

In radio interviews, he praised the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying America should be "wiped out," and described Jews as "thieving, lying bastards." His mother was Jewish.

Behavior like that wont't help his cause regarding his 1992 match that was in violation of UN sanctions.

This is sort of interesting as well. It hints at a greatly inflated sense of self-importance and a little paranoia.

He announced that he had abandoned chess in 1996 and launched a new version, "Fischerandom," a computerized shuffler that randomly distributes chess pieces on the back row of the chess board at the start of each game. Fischer claimed it would bring the fun back into the game and rid it of cheats.

Cheers!

Erick

Re:Open mouth, insert paranoid foot (-1, Flamebait)

Enigma_Man (756516) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715485)

He definitely sounds like he has some kind of crazy mental problems, and I'm glad that someone of his ilk is hopefully off the streets, and will be locked up to be crazy in isolation.

-Jesse

Re:Open mouth, insert paranoid foot (5, Interesting)

gowen (141411) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715495)

Fischer claimed it would bring the fun back into the game and rid it of cheats
Thats not entirely it. Fische Random [wikipedia.org] is designed to remove the advantage to be gained from memorising scores and scores of standard openings and to encourage play based on talent rather than preparation.

Re:Open mouth, insert paranoid foot (3, Insightful)

rifftide (679288) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715604)

Not a bad idea. Memorization of openings has long been a dreary arms race, and machines have way more capacity than anybody else. Maybe they should try it on an exhibition basis during tournaments.

Re:Open mouth, insert paranoid foot (2, Insightful)

Xiver (13712) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715607)

Ah yes... since some people are not good at, or don't like, preparation / memorization they deem that it is cheating, not fun, and should be somehow removed from the game.

<SARCASM>

I can see that. I don't really like the dribbling part of basketball, maybe it would be more fun if I could just carry the ball across the court.

</SARCASM>

Other than moving pieces to where the should not be, how does one actually cheat at chess?

Re:Open mouth, insert paranoid foot (5, Interesting)

October_30th (531777) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715514)

Yes.

Here is a more thorough article [theatlantic.com] on Fischer's rise and fall.

Re:Open mouth, insert paranoid foot (1)

the chao goes mu (700713) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715558)

Is it just me, or is he starting to sound like the chess-playing version of Ezra Pound (well, minus the pro-fascist propaganda)?

Re:Open mouth, insert paranoid foot (4, Interesting)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715567)

Well Fischer has always been politically incorrect. This is the same man that accused the russians of ruinin ghte game of chess by always playing for mates against eachother and always playing western masters for the win, and saying that women can't play chess because theres not a woman in the world he couldn't beat given knights odds. (not that there are more than a handful of men that could beat him with knights odds)

As a friend informs me, he had dissapeared back in the 70s because he believed the US government was out to get him. So in his mind he had been in hiding from the US for 26 years before he said that.

I guess the upshot is that we can now all expect a few more good crzy bobby fischer quotes in the near future.

Frankly i think its all pretty bogus. Ok Yugoslavia was under sanctions. Big deal. He went there to play chess. I think this entire mess shows an inflated sense of self importance for the US gov, or at least hypocracy. The UN matters when they agree with US and doesn't matter when they don't?

Hes an old coot who was one of the most well known chess grand masters ever. SO much so that he gave up his title and quit the game years before I was born, and I still know who he was. Just let him be, hes not hurting anyone.

Sure hes an asshole, but should bein gan asshole really be a crime?

-Steve

Re:Open mouth, insert paranoid foot (1)

gcaseye6677 (694805) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715591)

Wow, could his arrogance and sense of self importance be any greater? Guys like this give geeks a bad name.

Re:Open mouth, insert paranoid foot (1)

YellowElf (445681) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715603)

And just where did you find this article? We slashdot nerds can handle active weblinks, you know. Or at least a reference to a tree-killing publication or something.

Checkmate!! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715435)

That was so f***ing obvious

Why does this mean so much? (2, Interesting)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715439)

Anybody with some knowledge care to inform the few of us who are clueless as to what he did other than play a game of ...chess.

Re:Why does this mean so much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715473)

Clearly the Jews are involved.

http://home.att.ne.jp/moon/fischer/

Re:Why does this mean so much? (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715582)

That article certainly holds a small amount of bias, i liked the line where Japan should claim "trillions" off the US for war repayments. As if they could or would.

Big blue was heard saying (1)

Swamii (594522) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715441)

That's what you get for beating me, Bobby.

But what about Paul Simon? (4, Interesting)

lxt (724570) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715450)

...not entirely sure about this one, but didn't Paul Simon violate US/UN sanctions by recording his album Graceland in South Africa? I don't recall anything happening to him over it (then again, I was only around four years old at the time :))...

Re:But what about Paul Simon? (1)

Japong (793982) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715511)

Well yes, but you couldn't help but bob your head to Graceland. You can't dance to chess!

Re:But what about Paul Simon? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715565)

The cast [amazon.com] begs to differ.

Re:But what about Paul Simon? (1)

two_socks (516862) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715588)

The cast begs to differ.

That was actually funny ... why on earth would you post that AC?

Ah, but you can dance to chess... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715593)

...that is, Chess - The Musical (I'm really not joking, the show being written by Tim Rice, famous for collaberations with Andrew Lloyd Webber).

Re:But what about Paul Simon? (5, Informative)

vidarh (309115) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715524)

UN sanctions, yes, but not US sanctions. UN sanctions don't automatically have the force of law. Graceland entered the Billboard Top Album chart on September 8th 1985. On September 26th, Reagan vetoed the bill intended to start US sanctions. On October 3rd the veto was overriden by the Senate... So it was close, and he got some flack for it, though it was largerly silenced because of the focus on black South African music, but he didn't violate US law.

Re:But what about Paul Simon? (4, Insightful)

dasmegabyte (267018) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715576)

Of course he didn't take much flack. If a guy goes out and records an album for the sole purpose of increasing the awareness of an oppressed culture, you don't fault him for breaking the law you invented to inconvenience the opressors. It'd be political suicide.

Re:But what about Paul Simon? (0)

TamMan2000 (578899) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715544)

I don't know if that is accurate or not, but if it is...

This is exactly why selective enforcment of laws is a problem. When 2 people break the law and one gets busted, but the other ignored, it is just a way for the law enforcement community to force it's prejudices on the population.

A white suburban kid gets caught with a few joints, he gets a warning. A black inner city kid gets caught with some weed and gets sent to jail.

Bobby denounces the US, and gets busted. Paul smiles a lot and gets let off. This is a backdoor violation of Bobbies first amendment rights!

Laws that get ignored, most of the time, but selectivly enforced are just tools for discrimination (see Mass reviving a law that hasn't been used for decades to prevent itself from marrying out of state gays).

Re:But what about Paul Simon? (1)

mrtrumbe (412155) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715628)

Read your sibling posts. Paul Simon did NOT violate US law. He violated UN law.

I'm not disagreeing with your comments about selective enforcement. This is just not one of those cases.

Taft

Re:But what about Paul Simon? (0)

StrawberryFrog (67065) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715564)

...not entirely sure about this one, but didn't Paul Simon violate US/UN sanctions by recording his album Graceland in South Africa?

Maybe. But that album did a lot for Black South African music, so it wasn't a bad thing.

Re:But what about Paul Simon? (1)

JPelorat (5320) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715615)

I still prefer Johnny Clegg & Juluka/Savuka. Too bad they never had the attention or stardom that Simon got.

Re:But what about Paul Simon? (5, Funny)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715572)

Yes, but nobody realized it was him, he was going under the pseudonym of a guy named "Al". He kept telling people to call him that.

Department (1)

pteaxwa (126635) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715451)

"from governments-never-play-for-a-draw dept"

haha, that is great.

chess sanctions? (5, Funny)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715455)

Perhaps they should start an oil-for-chess program.

Re:chess sanctions? (0)

amelagar (132324) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715516)

Mmmm.... Oil for cheese....

Busting him for violating sanctions (2, Insightful)

LookSharp (3864) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715459)

Kind of like busting Al Capone for tax evasion. The US has to bust him for playing in Yugoslavia in 1992 during sanctions, because since he's lost his mind he's been spreading all sorts of anti-US and anti-semitic propaganda around the world... even praising the 9/11 attacks. And we can't have things like unpopular speech going on during a war, eh? ;)

Sad when a genius has his cheese slide off his cracker.

Re:Busting him for violating sanctions (4, Informative)

Tar-Palantir (590548) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715517)

Sad when a genius has his cheese slide off his cracker.

Fischer's always been a nutcase, even back when he was World Champion. Read a decent book on the history of chess (or one specific to him), there are (true) stories about Fischer that you just wouldn't believe. Little things like making the tournament organizers get a chessboard 3 millimeters larger. Flying his favorite chair to the match (in Iceland, no less). Giving up his freakin' World Championship because his insane terms didn't get met.

Basically what I'm saying is, yes Fischer is crazy, but this not new.

Re:Busting him for violating sanctions (1)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715520)

You can't really censor someone by arresting them. A jailed person can still have visitors, write letters, etc. Military detanees can still be censored, but for US citizens, your freedom of speach is safe, even in jail. I guess we just need to conquer the world so everyone can share our freedoms.

Re:Busting him for violating sanctions (1)

LookSharp (3864) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715633)

I agree that to jail someone does not censor them, especially in the US. But do I believe that some element of the zealousness surrounding the press for extradition is punitive for his speech? Absolutely. :)

Unpopular speech is generally now, more than ever before, tolerated in our society and by our government. But there are still cases of dissenting public figures and private parties who seek to nullify the offending speech, either by discrediting the speaker or going as far as physical backlash.

Re:Busting him for violating sanctions (2, Informative)

JPelorat (5320) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715528)

You realise he's been on the lam for a very long time now, right? That not everything has 'the war' or 'Bushcroft' as a primary cause? That more people freely say much worse than he has every day and nothing happens to them, nor will happen to them?

Re:Busting him for violating sanctions (1)

LookSharp (3864) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715580)

You realise he's been on the lam for a very long time now, right? That not everything has 'the war' or 'Bushcroft' as a primary cause? That more people freely say much worse than he has every day and nothing happens to them, nor will happen to them?

Clarification:
I apologize if you got the impression that I'm a weak-kneed, hippie liberal in opposition to the war. The comment was made quite tongue-in-cheek, to possibly stimulate some discussion here.

While it is true that I generally mistrust the work of Ashcroft, it is because I fear the net effects of his political work which seems to undercut civil liberties. (I consider myself largely Libertarian in mindset, except that I have never taken illegal drugs nor owned a handgun, so many of the vocal Libertarians have little use for my support. :)

Re:Busting him for violating sanctions (2, Insightful)

Swamii (594522) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715531)

While it doesn't excuse any government for arresting a man, anti-semitic speech is always a bad thing, war time or no.

Re:Busting him for violating sanctions (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715566)

The US hasn't even had a chance to do anything to him yet. All that was done was he was placed on a list of wanted criminals known back in 1992, and when his true identity was discovered by Japan's officials, they're sending him back to the USA to face the pending charges.

This isn't about what he's said recently, it's about declaring that if you're an American who does business with a sanctioned nation you're going to have to spend your entire life on the run because one slip of your true identity and you're headed to jail.

Re:Busting him for violating sanctions (4, Interesting)

yack0 (2832) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715579)

> Sad when a genius has his cheese slide off his cracker.

Fischer's cheese was never on his cracker. Ever.

Yes, he was/is a brilliant chess player, but other than that he's shown absolutely no positive social graces, a raging ego (into the bad side of ego - some ego good) a sense of vengeance overall and a pretty cracked sense of the world.

I'd even submit that there's a large portion of those who could be 'genius' and are wackos and/or socially inept as well.

(no, not a troll, but I realize I should don the nomex suit)

Re:Busting him for violating sanctions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715609)

Is it me or what? Seems a little unusual that the US listen to the United Nations.

Really (5, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715464)

How could the submitter fail to title this article

Bobby Fischer Found ... In Japan

Re:Really (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715561)

Ok, I must be the last person not to get this. Can someone please explain the recent "...in Japan" thing, or at least provide a googleable name (Smirnov, Zero Wing, Kent Brockman, South Park etc.)?

The man is clearly mentally unstable (2, Insightful)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715470)

There is a fine line between genius and insanity. Bobby Fischer erases that line.

Re:The man is clearly mentally unstable (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715543)

Because he has outspoken political views that don't match what is generally accepted in the United States?

Or is it because he believes that people, in a game that he has mastered since his teenage years, cheat?

Re:The man is clearly mentally unstable (1)

the chao goes mu (700713) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715612)

Only on slashdot could supporting murder (whish is what 9/11/2002 was) be called "outspoken political views that don't match what is generally accepted in the United States?". Uh, I hate to bring just a tiny bit of common sense to this, but murder IS BAD. It is generally accepted that killing is not a good thing. It is not a political statement, it is a bad act. Why do so many seem to hate Bush and/or the US so much that they come to see murder as some sort of abstract "political act"?

Deported !! (5, Funny)

hyderabadi (797479) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715474)

deported to the United States - that's new!!

So ... (2, Insightful)

TheGavster (774657) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715476)

We've been hunting a guy around the world for 12 years because he played a chess match in a country we didn't like at the time? Better ship him to Guantanamo - consorting with those chess players who happened to be in Yugoslavia must've been aiding and abetting those terrorists in some way!

Re:So ... (3, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715556)

Hey, what's with this 'Yugoslavia' place? It doesn't seem to be on my map... :)

Re:So ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715622)

Didn't like at the time?? It's not like Yugoslavia was one of those states where Bush squints his eyes, points his finger, and says "You're evil." War has torn that area apart-- just look at a map today. Yugoslavia was much more than one of today's token "evil states" that so many scoff at now.

Still, it seems a bit much to chase a chess player player around the world for 12 years. Then again, the article doesn't really say that he was being looked for. The way he was detained tells me that he just sort of fell into the U.S.'s lap.

Now its time... (0, Redundant)

DungeonCoder (796682) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715477)

... for jokes like: "checkmate!"
lol

Nice chap (5, Funny)

ultrabot (200914) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715481)

Sound like a guy that could be posting on slashdot, if he only was into computers :-).

Re:Nice chap (-1)

djeaux (620938) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715523)

I didn't know the average /.er was antisemitic.

Read this article [nwsource.com] again, carefully. (I know the link is redundant in this thread, but scroll down the paragraphs 13 & 14...)

Re:Nice chap (0)

ultrabot (200914) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715536)

I didn't know the average /.er was antisemitic.

Ok, I was mostly referring to paranoia & chess variant :). Typically most chess players probably think chess is perfect as it is.

Actually... (1)

Cavio (217880) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715550)

You may not remember this, but Bobby Fisher was the original "Hot Grits" guy.

Few people know this.

A Better Article (4, Informative)

Corbin Dallas (165835) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715483)

Can be found at this site [nwsource.com] .

am I reading this straight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715488)

The UN forbade people from playing chess in Yugoslavia?

Damm.... is he the ..... (-1, Redundant)

gmby (205626) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715491)

ultimate cheat?!!!
UN... USA.... USSR..... who cares....
sometimes the game is more than just a game!

Hmm... (1, Redundant)

xaqar (112761) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715492)

So before this, they were indeed Searching for Bobby Fischer [imdb.com] ?
(Sorry, it had to be done)

Interesting. (3, Insightful)

Tyranny12 (717899) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715502)

What this says to me is he is suffering from serious delusions of grandeur, probably
inspired by his need to run and hide for so long and proving himself the second time.

A good job. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715504)

It's a good thing we got our priorities straight.
So we can use resources of things like this that matters. :-p

Interesting that the Japanese authorities are (4, Interesting)

foidulus (743482) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715507)

going to extradite him to the US, but they will not extradite a soldier by the name of Jenkins, who "disappeared" into North Korea while in the US military guarding the 38th parallel some 20 or so years ago. Jenkins married a kidnapped Japanese woman while in North Korea, and will be returning to Japan for a medical checkup soon. I actually don't think they should extradite either of them, but if you are going to do it, at least be consistent...

Re:Interesting that the Japanese authorities are (4, Insightful)

Zak3056 (69287) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715568)

I actually don't think they should extradite either of them, but if you are going to do it, at least be consistent...

Fischer isn't being extradited, he's being deported because his passport isn't valid. There's an important distinction there.

Re:Interesting that the Japanese authorities are (1)

Pizzop (605441) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715616)

Woah! Get the articles straight. First off, Fischer was in Japan, Jenkins wasn't. So Fischer can be extradited, Jenkins (who is in Indonesia [which doesn't have an extradition treaty with the US]) won't be unless he goes to Japan for the free (and needed) Medical procedures. I agree consistency is needed, but so far, they have been consistent.

Cheats in chess? (5, Funny)

Gentoo Fan (643403) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715512)

He announced that he had abandoned chess in 1996 and launched a new version, "Fischerandom," ... Fischer claimed it would bring the fun back into the game and rid it of cheats.

I think Valve [valvesoftware.com] should hire this guy to patch up Counter-Strike.

Pointless Prosecution (5, Insightful)

Cavio (217880) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715521)

Shouldn't there be some kind of rule against arresting somebody for violating a law that is no longer in effect?

Heck, Yugoslavia doesn't even EXIST anymore. It's kind of a moot point.

I can't sympathize (2, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715539)

At this point in the world's history, I cannot sympathize with anyone attempting to use false ID to travel. Further, if it's true, I cannot sympathize with his point of view regarding the senseless murder of thousands of innocent lives.

If his only transgression were for the love of the game, the world would have forgiven him quickly... the court of public opinion would have ruled in his favor. This guy has hosed himself up pretty bad and now he's caught. If it's true that his views are against the people of Jewish faith and that he applauds the horror of 9-11, then the court of public opinion will rule against him if it hasn't already.

I feel that there is a lot more going on than is being revealed though... I've seen crazy in a variety of ways, but there is something really weird about this case.

Re:I can't sympathize (5, Insightful)

flossie (135232) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715625)

If his only transgression were for the love of the game, the world would have forgiven him quickly... the court of public opinion would have ruled in his favor. This guy has hosed himself up pretty bad and now he's caught. If it's true that his views are against the people of Jewish faith and that he applauds the horror of 9-11, then the court of public opinion will rule against him if it hasn't already.

And since when has public opinion about someone's views been a legitimate means of determining whether or not they should be punished for breaking the law? Did you miss that whole "freedom of speech" bit in the US constitution?

US Hypocrisy (4, Insightful)

fpga_guy (753888) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715548)

From the article:

U.S. authorities accused him of violating U.N. sanctions imposed against Yugoslavia by playing the match.

Yeah 'cos we all know about the US's unwavering respect for the UN [abc.net.au] ...

But only when it suits...

Finally safe (5, Funny)

xs650 (741277) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715551)

Now that Martha Stewart and Bobby Fischer have both been aprehended, I feel much more secure.

Cool (1)

beforewisdom (729725) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715552)

Maybe he can tell us where Osama Bin Laden is

Somewhat OT: Hatley High (2, Interesting)

~Socrates (126796) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715570)

I just couldn't help myself but think of the movie Hatley High when I saw this newsitem. I thought it was a great movie about chess and would like to reccommend it to all :).

imdb link [imdb.com]

Finally.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715573)

Bobby Fischer, I want my money!

Bobby Who? (1, Funny)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715581)

CNN doesn't talk about him so he's not real.

Freedom or freedumb? (free dubya pherhaps?) (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715583)

The peoples of the world have lost their ways,
while people are dying of hunger.....

aarrg, nevermind

go catch this "criminal" he's bound to "endanger" your homeland security or somethingelse

fuckers.

Now That Kevin is Free..... (2)

tailgate (301581) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715599)

Now that Kevin is free, when will ThinkGeek be selling the free Bobby shirts?

So we can find Bobby Fischer but... (2, Funny)

jogoodma (554327) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715605)

...we can't find those damn WMD's?

Here it comes (1)

NetNinja (469346) | more than 10 years ago | (#9715610)

Since most chess enthusiasts know of Bobby Fishers infamous chess games. I can see the networks salivating over an opportunity to create a Bobby Fisher miniseries

yugoslavia neighbour of bosnia? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9715620)

In the article there is something saying that Yugoslavia had sanctions for atacking neighbour Bosnia. I always thought that Bosnia was part of Yugoslavia.

It looks really bad when people can get the simple facts straight.
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