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By Joseph G. Ponterotto Ph.D.

Robert (Bobby) James Fischer used to be one of many international s so much mysterious and intriguing personalities of the center twentieth century. He unmarried handedly ended a 35 yr span of Russian domination of elite chess while he defeated Boris Spassky for the area Chess Championship in 1972 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Fischer s dynamic victory ignited in american citizens a fondness for the sport of chess and a deep satisfaction in being American through the peak of the chilly struggle. the realm is familiar with the tale of Fischer s ascent to the head of chess genius and brilliance, and it understands of his mental decline into social isolation, paranoia, and certain psychological sickness. Now, for the 1st time, via A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer: figuring out the Genius, secret, and mental Decline of a global Chess Champion, we come to appreciate the internal workings of Fischer s brain the genetic, own, kin, cultural, and political components that jointly offer a penetrating window into the why of Bobby Fischer s genius and peculiar habit. well known counseling psychologist and writer Dr. Joseph G. Ponterotto deconstructs virtually each element of Fischer s own and profession lifestyles to sculpt an integrative mental profile of this enigmatic international character. even though there were many articles, books, and flicks on Bobby Fischer, this article represents the 1st scholarly mental overview of the area s most famed chess champion. one of the themes addressed within the present quantity are Bobby s early kin setting and his ordinary highbrow presents that predisposed him to genius in chess. severe to realizing Bobby s character improvement is his dating along with his mom Regina Fischer and his sister Joan Fischer, in addition to his dating to his most likely organic father, Paul Felix Nemenyi. those themes are explored in-depth and the effect of those relationships on Bobby s mental improvement is highlighted. Bobby s later-life inner psychological nation -- his distrust, anger, and hatred of Jews is explored and the origins of this affective kingdom are heavily tested. Dr. Ponterotto additionally offers the 1st, conscientiously and carefully sculpted mental post-mortem of Bobby Fischer counting on smooth mental overview tactics. Of curiosity to readers may be an entire bankruptcy evaluating the genius and psychological well-being demanding situations of the us maximum chess champions who lived a century aside, Paul Morphy and Bobby Fischer. This e-book additionally explores the subject of the superiority of psychological ailment between elite chess gamers, and gives a severe overview of the learn at the power dating among creativity (a hallmark of chess genius) and vulnerability to psychological ailment. eventually, Dr. Ponterotto outlines counseling and psychotherapy interventions that in all probability can have helped Bobby all through his lifestyles. even though there are lots of biographies at the lifetime of Bobby Fischer, this article represents the 1st scholarly, systematically derived psychobiography of this nice chess champion and enigmatic international character. The booklet contains 10 content material chapters and choose Tables, Figures, and kinfolk Genograms, in addition to Appendices supplying large aspect at the lifetime of Bobby Fischer and kinfolk. eventually, the booklet comprises a few unique relations photographs by no means prior to released.

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We begin with a look into his early childhood. Chapter Three IN THE BEGINNING: THE EARLY LIFE OF BOBBY FISCHER Bobby Fischer, I first met him in 1952, when he was only nine years old. Bobby was a blond, fair-complexioned, good-looking American boy, who was always dressed in a T-shirt and corduroy pants. When we were introduced, I noticed that he never looked up. I thought that he had, perhaps, dropped something and was still looking for it. But later, when he joined the Manhattan Chess Club, I noticed that he still could not make eye contact.

1 Almost single-handedly Bobby Fischer broke what had been three decades of Soviet domination of the World Chess title. By September, 1972, Bobby Fischer was an international celebrity and superstar. Bobby now had the world at his feet—worldwide adoration, potentially millions of dollars in product endorsements, as much companionship (romantic or plutonic) as he desired—how would he now manage his genius, success, and fame? Unfortunately, Bobby’s life and story since his momentous 1972 triumph was sad if not tragic.

However, Anderssen was not “world” champion as the 1851 London tournament did not include competitors from the United States or Russia. Seven years later, however, in 1858, when 21-year-old United States champion Paul Morphy traveled to Europe and played against the European champion, Adolph Anderssen in Paris, the first unofficial world champion was decided: Paul Morphy. Morphy defeated Anderssen by the score of 7–2 (with six wins, two draws, and one loss). After the Paris match in 1858, Paul Morphy was acknowledged by chess masters in Europe and the United States as the world champion.

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