17 Jul 2011

Liz Garbus - The Bizarre World of Bobby Fischer

From Sunday Morning, 9:47 am on 17 July 2011

Liz Garbus directed a new documentary that tells the story of chess champion Bobby Fischer. From a lonely childhood which saw Bobby obsessed with chess by the time he was six, he went on to beat Russian Boris Spassky in a fraught competition in Iceland, disappeared for a time, became a fugitive from US law, then re-emerged, seemingly in the grip of mental illness. It's a fascinating story, brilliantly told in 'Bobby Fischer Against the World', which is screening at the New Zealand International Film Festival.