Late Night Visit (01:32)
At an adoption agency in 1943, Mrs. Fischer tries to get a nurse to take her baby; she insists there are people who want her dead.
Famous at 15 (02:21)
Bobby Fischer appears on the TV show "I've Got a Secret" in 1958, after becoming America's chess champion at 15.
Introduction: Bobby Fisher (00:39)
Bobby Fischer was the greatest chess player ever, but got lost along the way. This program will tell his difficult story.
Troubled Youth (00:30)
A young Bobby Fischer holds a gun; his mother yells at him to put it down.
Book on Bobby Fischer (03:34)
In Manhattan, a writer faces severe alcohol problems; his ex-wife tries to help. His agent says the publisher wants a book on Bobby Fischer.
Interview Before Yugoslavia Match (03:09)
In Yugoslavia in 1992, before his first match in 20 years, Bobby Fischer gives an interview and publicly spits on a letter from the U.S. government telling him that playing would violate sanctions on Yugoslavia.
Bobby Fischer on Sept. 11 (02:15)
On Sept. 11, 2001, in an interview on Philippine radio, Bobby Fischer welcomes that day's terrorist attacks on the U.S.
Author Researches Arnold Denker (03:02)
An author researching his book talks to a friend of late chess grandmaster Arnold Denker, who mentored Bobby Fischer, about Fischer's background.
Troubled Childhood (03:40)
A young Bobby Fischer gets into his mother's records and demands to know who his father is. His sister buys him a chess board, saying the game will take his mind off his troubles. The mother screams at both.
Anti-Semitic Taunts (00:57)
At school, kids taunt Bobby Fischer as a Jew and chess player.
Fischer with Counselor (02:36)
A young Bobby Fischer tells a counselor he is angry with his mother because she is a Jew, won't tell him about his father, and doesn't want him to play chess. The two then play chess.
Counselor Talks to Mother (01:08)
Bobby Fischer's mother talks to a counselor about his obsession with chess. The counselor encourages her to tell the truth about his father; she becomes enraged. He also tells her Fischer is a prodigy.
Fischer at Chess Clubs (01:53)
Bobby Fischer plays multiple chess matches at once at a club. His mother gambles on his games, to his disgust.
Tension With Mother (02:31)
Bobby Fischer and his mother each accuse the other of stealing money, leading to a shouting match.
Emotional Confrontation with mother (01:29)
Bobby Fischer's mother asks him why he doesn't care about her. He asks why she took his father away; she says she cannot answer.
Fischer's Mother (01:15)
Bobby Fischer hears his mother on the phone, expressing distress that he hates her.
Chess Fills Emotional Need (04:08)
Bobby Fischer's mother tells him she is leaving him; he begs her not to. She says must get away from him and his hatred for her, and that she is not his real mother. He hears the voice of his father saying he is inside his chess game.
Bobby Fischer's Rise (01:01)
In a 1971 interview, Bobby Fischer talks about his chess-playing youth.
Spassky and Fischer at Reykjavik (02:51)
Spassky faced immense pressure at Reykjavik to win for the USSR. Fischer arrived at the tournament and made numerous demands.
Kissinger Calls Fischer (02:58)
Kissinger calls Bobby Fischer urging him to play his match with Spassky. He agrees to play, for America. In another version of the story, he refuses to take the call and throws the phone in the pool.
Spassky on Fischer (01:13)
Spassky recalls Bobby Fischer's unconventional nature, his taking on the whole Soviet machine almost single handedly, and his bringing new popularity to chess.
Play Opens (01:18)
The Spassky character talks about his nerves as play began at Reykjavik. Spassky and Fischer reenact the opening of their first game.
Fischer Makes Demand (01:47)
At his match with Spassky, Fischer snaps at a man in the audience tapping his leg, forcing his removal.
Fischer Loses (02:35)
In the first game with Spassky, Fischer found himself in a passive position. He could have held it for a draw, but he played to the kings and lost.
Psychological Struggle (03:28)
The psychological devastation of Fischer's opening defeat to Spassky brings to the surface his strained relationship with his mother and anxiety about his father and Jewishness.
Fischer Forfeits (01:39)
Bobby Fischer fails to show up for his second match, with Spassky, thereby forfeiting the match. Commotion ensues.
Fischer Prepares to Walk Out (02:47)
Fischer's coaches tell him officials ruled he forfeited his game. Fischer rants about a KGB plot and starts packing to leave; his coaches decide to disable his car.
Moscow Pressures Spassky (01:09)
Moscow called Spassky ordering him to withdraw from the tournament with Fischer. Spassky had a chance to withdraw and remain champion.
Coaches Persuade Fischer (02:53)
Fischer wants to leave Reykjavik, acknowledging to his coaches that he fears he cannot beat Spassky. They urge him not to disgrace America; he counters that he plays only for himself.
Playing On (01:21)
As Fischer makes continued demands, Spassky's coach tries to pull him out. Spassky insists on playing; the coach threatens to call Moscow.
Turning Point (02:34)
After the madness following their first match, something changed in psychologically in Spassky, Fischer or both. Fischer beat Spassky for the first time.
Soviet Psychological Warfare (01:30)
After 17 games between Spassky and Fischer, the Soviets accused Fischer of having a hidden device on him and turning it on and off.
Fischer Wins (05:54)
Considering himself hopelessly behind, Spassky concedes the tournament to Fischer. Fischer's facial expression during and after the match reveal complex emotions.
Loss of Purpose (00:34)
After beating Spassky, Fischer lacked purpose, creating a crisis in his life.
U.S. Government Versus Fischer (02:06)
Fischer became a fugitive after defying the government by playing in a tournament. The government didn't really want to find the Cold War hero until his post-9/11 remarks.
Fischer Detained in Japan (02:52)
In Japan in 2004, Bobby Fischer is jailed--for extradition to America; he is frantic, near madness.
Fischer Calls Kissinger (02:14)
Fischer calls to talk to Henry Kissinger; Kissinger will not talk. Kissinger goes on an anti-Semitic rant against Kissinger to his prison guard in Japan.
Icelandic Citizenship (01:17)
As Fischer was going through the extradition process, Iceland offered him citizenship. He had put Iceland on the map in 1972.
Fischer's New Zealand Press Conference (02:04)
At a press conference on arrival in New Zealand, Fischer rails against the Jews and denies that he is Jewish.
Explaining Fischer's Paranoia (02:04)
Fischer was arrested in California due to mistaken identity and alleged he was beaten by cops.
Fischer in Prison (01:37)
Fischer mocks his Japanese prison guard and slams his food against the wall.
Troubled Life (02:50)
A woman who served as a source for a man writing a book on Bobby Fischer gets him to agree to tell the story of his troubled life. He was a fledgling writer when his baby son died and he turned to drink.
Fischer with Woman (03:19)
In Iceland in 2007, Bobby Fischer has an outing on a boat with a friend's daughter.
Fischer Confides (01:18)
Bobby Fischer tells a female friend he will tone down his language in the press, and about his kidney problems.
Confronting Psychological Problems (03:43)
A close female friend confronts Fischer about the source of his hatred for Jews, and his need to deal with his mother's abandoning him.
Epilogue: Bobby Fischer Live (00:58)
A nuclear power plant with deadly chemicals was near the Japanese prison where bobby Fischer was incarcerated. He died of kidney failure at 64 in 2008. A young Fischer plays chess with his sister.
Credits: Bobby Fischer Live (03:35)
Credits: Bobby Fischer Live
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