Monday, 5 October 2009

Bobby Fischer (1973) Philippines, Tokyo, Hong Kong

These are an amazing set of bobby Fisher photos from his trip to the Philippines, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Bobby opened the first Philippines International Chess Tournament in Manila in October 1973. They are owned by youtube user nirocal who has posted them in this video. Thanks very much nirocal for sharing them with the world.

Included in the photos are glimpses of the private side of the Marcos Family, and the blossoming Bobby's friendship with Miyoko Watai. The last image in the video is of Bobby Fischer, taken by Svetozar Gligoric, in Pasadena April 19, 1974.

The pictures remind us how vigorous Bobby was in his prime. It is sad that mental health problems should have so severely diminished Bobby's human potential, and also his grip on reality. Thanks to the Susan Polgar Chess Blog for bringing this video to my attention, and of course nirocal for the posting.

Video Concept List:
1941 - 1973 - 1974 - 12 Inch Mortar Battery - April 19, 1974 - Battery - Battery Way - Boat Trip - Bobby Fischer - Campomanes - Chess Game - Corregidor Island -Ferdinand Marcos - Florencio Campomanes - Girlfriend - Gliga - Gligoric - Guns - Hong Kong - Imelda Marcos - Japan - Japan Chess Association - Japanese Ladies - Kodak Instamatic Camera - Lillian So - Malacanang Palace - Marcos Family - Miyoko Watai - Mount Fuji - November 14, 1974 - November 20, 1973 - October 29, 1973 - October 31, 1973 - Pasadena - Philippines - Philippine Provinces - Polaroid Camera - President Ferdinand Marcos - Provinces - Shark - Sister - Sleeping - Sony Factory - Spassky - Sunset - Svetozar Gligoric - Tokyo - Yugoslav Grandmaster

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Tom Chivers said...

Is it me, or does Fischer look like Nicolas Cage in half of these shots?

ALCHEssMIST said...

Sorry Tom for the delay in replying. Only just seen your comment ... other things occupying my mind. I see what you mean about Nicolas Cage.

I think it is more a case of Nicolas Cage looking like Bobby Fischer though!