When Bobby could laugh.

Like many of you, I've read a number of books about Bobby Fischer.  I've seen all the documentaries and movies about him.  And, like you, I've appreciated his genius; and have felt sadness for him as his mental illness took over his life.

Every once in a while I come across a clip of him on YouTube that I had not seen before.  Somehow, this little gem of a video with him and Bob Hope escaped me for decades.  

Those of you that know the backstory of his games in Iceland against Boris Spassky will appreciate this clip.  Bob Hope jokes about his complaints of the noisy audience, the cameras, not showing up, showing up late, and practically every other oddity Bobby exhibited in Iceland.

Take a look:

In this video, we get to see the fun side of Bobby Fischer.  Was it real?  Was he enjoying himself?  I hope so.

What do you think?

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If you are new to the world of Chess and Bobby Fischer, treat yourself to a great movie this weekend: Pawn Sacrifice.  This is one of my all-time favorite Chess movies:

If you watch it, tell me what you think.