Current Exhibition

A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer
July 24, 2014 - June 7, 2015
Bobby Fischer seen from above, makes a move during the 1966 Piatigorsky CupBobby Fischer during the 1966 Piatigorsky Cup1972 World Championship Match Set and Wooden Chessboard signed by Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, Photo © S. Carmody Photo

Bobby Fischer seen from above, makes a move during the 1966 Piatigorsky Cup

Bobby Fischer during the 1966 Piatigorsky Cup

1972 World Championship Match Set and Wooden Chessboard signed by Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, Photo © S. Carmody Photo

A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer explores the brilliant career of one of the greatest American chess players of all time.

Newly donated artifacts from the collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame and never-before-exhibited materials from the Fischer Library of Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield highlight some of the chess champion’s most significant accomplishments.

You do not need to be a chess player to understand the impact that Bobby Fischer had on the game of chess. Born Robert James Fischer on March 9, 1943, he received a $1.00 chess set from his sister Joan when he was six, and his love of the game quickly blossomed. Already showing a proclivity for puzzles and advanced analytical thinking, a young Bobby began what his mother Regina referred to as an obsession for the game. Little did she know that this passion would eventually lead to her son becoming the World Chess Champion, ending 24 years of Soviet domination of the game in 1972 and changing the way the entire world would view chess.

A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer presents a few key moments in the storied life of a man who was both a source of intense admiration and controversy. Beginning with his rise to fame as a young boy, this exhibition includes material related to his early training with teachers Carmine Nigro and Jack Collins, many of the major tournaments in which he participated, as well as his historic World Chess Championship victory, and his later retirement from tournament play. Through artifacts generously loaned from the Fischer Library of Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, we are given unprecedented access to Fischer’s preparatory material for the 1972 world championship run, as well as the initial versions of his classic text My 60 Memorable Games. Never before exhibited, these materials supplement highlights from the collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame, donated by the family of Jacqueline Piatigorsky, which include photographs, correspondence, and other artifacts related to his 1961 match against Samuel Reshevsky. These remarkable artifacts illuminate Fischer’s brilliance, showing how he revolutionized American chess. 

—Shannon Bailey and Emily Allred

 

PRESS

A Memorable Life Exhibition Press Release

9/18/14: Frequency — Teryn Schaefer Interviews Harry Benson at the WCHOF

9/8/14: Travel Pulse — 4 High-Scoring Gaming Attractions, by Cherese Weekes

7/24/14: ArtDaily.org — ‘A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer’ opens at the World Chess Hall of Fame

7/23/14: St. Louis Public Radio — On Chess: Hall Of Fame Exhibit Peeks Inside The Complex Mind Of Bobby Fischer

7/17/14: USCF — A Memorable Life: Bobby Fischer Show at the World Chess Hall of Fame 

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