Sally Simpson: Hi Miss Scarlett,
Stewart would occasional drop a Fischer tale
on the English Chess Forum.
' Bobby Fischer used Descriptive when writing moves when I knew him in the 1960s. But, when conversing, he used algebraic.'
'Fischer gave odds in the early days at the C&CC. They were almost invariably played without a clock. One opponent played so slowly, that Bobby resigned.
He never played at material odds when I knew him. Nor would he give time odds. What he gave me was 10/1 money odds at blitz. if he won he got a dollar. If I won, which I never did, I would have got $10.
That is why I can claim that I drew with him. I lost 8.'
'Bobby and I played 9 games. he won 8 and we drew one. 7 were junk and have been lost to posterity. You can find one of his wins on chessbase and, of course, my draw. I should have won that king and pawn endgame.
One of my friends recorded the games. We stopped play to enable him to catch up.
He and I recorded the Fischer v Fine game that you can find in 'My 60 Memorable Games.' I recorded the White moves and he the Black.
We played two sessions. In the first I could equalise from the opening with the White pieces. There was never any contest when I had Black. In the second session I could no longer equalise with the White pieces.
There was no further point in playing. After all, it cost $1 a game!
Did Bobby have Asperger's? I'm not qualified to judge. I had never heard of the conditions until about 1999.
He definitely laughed and sometimes made jokes. He was certainly very focused and single-minded. He respected me because he admired a tailor-made suit I had brought the me from England. We often ate at Jewish delicatessens.
How could you be an anti-Jewish chessplayer in New York in the 1960s? I like to think his mental health deteriorated because of the decline in his untreated physical health.
Robert Byrne v Bobby US Closed 1963-4. That was a neo-Gruenfeld, not a true one.
I wrote a very long article for Chess Magazine on the tournament. Originally I wrote that the whole game had to be pre-preparation as Bobby had played so quickly. He looked at the draft and exclaimed, 'Do you really think I spent ages studying such a dull line?'
So after he left my home, I amended that section.
These and other such gems from the golden olden days by him and Leonard Barden are dotted all over that site. Fascinating reading.