Reports | December 19, 2007 17:06

[lang_nl]Fischers My 61 Memorable Games[/lang_nl][lang_en]Fischer's My 61 Memorable Games[/lang_en]

click for bigger version[lang_nl]Deze week verscheen een opvallend verhaal over Bobby Fischer op internet: op eBay zou een nieuwe editie geplaatst zijn van de beroemde partijenverzameling van de Amerikaanse schaaklegende: My 61 Memorable Games. Het zou gaan om een herziene editie van My 60 Memorable Games, met 'verbeterde analyses en commentaar' en een voorwoord van twaalf pagina's van de Man zelf (en de eerste partij van de match Fischer-Spassky uit 1992 als 61ste partij).[/lang_nl][lang_en]This week a remarkable story on Bobby Fischer appeared on the net: a new edition of the American chess legend's famous games collection was published, and put on eBay: My 61 Memorable Games. It was said to be a revised edition of My 60 Memorable Games, with "improved analysis and commentary" and a 12-page foreword by the Man himself (the 61st game being the first match game from the Fischer-Spassky 1992 match).[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Larry Evans, die met Fischer werkte aan My 60 Memorable Games, inspecteerde een voorbeeldpagina die de verkoper beschikbaar had gesteld. Hij vond 'enkele tekstuele wijzigingen en de analyses waren inderdaad verbeterd, waarschijnlijk met de hulp van een computer'.

My 61 Memorable Games had $24,95 dollar moeten kosten. Dit is uit 'Fischer's' voorwoord:

"I know many readers seek answers to probing questions regarding the Bobby Fischer of 1972. That person no longer exists. I've wanted to release an official version of my book updated in algebraic notation with a few minor corrections. And why now? The United Bank of Switzerland has taken almost all of the money from my 1992 rematch with Borris Spassky -- over $3,000,000. My ongoing battle with them is getting nowhere despite International Law clearly being on my side. So I bring to you my previous 60 games plus one from the event that has caused me so much trouble, in the hopes that sales of this book will reverse that situation."

Dit stukje tekst geeft al genoeg reden voor twijfel over dit hele verhaal. Behalve de aantoonbare fouten (het is Union Bank of Switzerland, niet United Bank of Switzerland, en natuurlijk Boris in plaats van Borris Spassky) valt het hele geldargument in het niet als je bedenkt dat Fischer eenvoudig meer kan verdienen door enkele van zijn boeken te signeren (of tenminste een paar van dit 'nieuwe' boek, maar daar had de verkoper niet aan gedacht).

De boekcover rechtsboven staat op een IJslandse schaakblog. Ik heb er een schaduwtje omheen gezet, om het meer als een boek te laten uitkomen, maar het origineel is natuurlijk niet meer dan een digitaal plaatje, wat het eBay-item nog onbetrouwbaarder maakte. IJslandse kranten schreven inmiddels dat Fischer ontkend heeft iets te maken te hebben met dit 'boek', en dat hij kwaad werd toen hij het hoorde.

Afgelopen maandag haalde eBay het item van het internet, en werd de rekening van de verkoper afgesloten: "We hebben recentelijk de handelsrechten van deze verkoper geblokkeerd. Vanwege privacyredenen kunnen we niet meer details geven." Met een glimlach trekken we onze conclusies.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Larry Evans, who worked on My 60 Memorable Games with Fischer, inspected the sample page provided by the seller. He found "some wording was changed and the analysis was indeed improved, possibly with the aid of a computer."

My 61 Memorable Games was priced $24.95. This is from "Fischer's" foreword:

"I know many readers seek answers to probing questions regarding the Bobby Fischer of 1972. That person no longer exists. I've wanted to release an official version of my book updated in algebraic notation with a few minor corrections. And why now? The United Bank of Switzerland has taken almost all of the money from my 1992 rematch with Borris Spassky -- over $3,000,000. My ongoing battle with them is getting nowhere despite International Law clearly being on my side. So I bring to you my previous 60 games plus one from the event that has caused me so much trouble, in the hopes that sales of this book will reverse that situation."

This little piece of text already gives enough reasons to cause doubt on the whole story. Except for the obvious mistakes (it's Union Bank of Switzerland, not United Bank of Switzerland, and of course Boris instead of Borris Spassky), the whole money argument is nonsense, since Fischer could easily make more money by signing some copies of his books (or at least a number of this "new" one, a service which wasn't provided by the seller).

The book cover on the top right was published on an Icelandic chess blog. I put a little shadow around it, to make it look more like a book, but the original is of course not more than a digital image, making the eBay item even more suspicious. In the meantime, Icelandic papers have reported that Fischer has denied writing the "book", and was quite angry when he heard about it.

Last Monday the book was pulled by eBay, and the seller's account was suspended: "We recently suspended this seller's trading privileges. Due to privacy concerns we cannot share further details." With a smile, we draw the conclusion.[/lang_en]

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Rizal A. Kamal's picture

I still love to have a copy of this book if the price is affordable

Edward Labate's picture

"Actually Labate made up everything to retaliate against Trice for "spilling the beans" about Labate Fischer's fake autograph he had on eBay." Mark, eh??? Another Ed Trice invention I see!! And what is your proof that I made it up???? You give me too much credit. I don't have the ability or the time to make up that many emails. I am strictly a 'copy & paste' guru. Ed Thrice sent those emails to me, asking me to put up $6,237.50 or 25% down by October 1, 2007, and then send the remaining $18,712.50 to Bobby Fischer in Iceland. Needless to say, when I found out that I would have to send $$$ to Iceland, NO THANKS. I stated I would wait for the book to be published and would drive to Philadelphia and pick up my copies in person. And that's when he went ballistic.

My Fischer autograph was authenicated by no less an authority than Lawrence Totaro, http://www.fischingforforgeries.com/contacttheauthor.html who included my book in his book.
Who's your authority, Ed Trice, the Amazon man, the Canadian ebay seller/Ed Trice's sister in law?? And regarding spilling the beans, what do you call someone making these claims: "I paid 50% down to get the print run started..., I have the right to sell all 50,000 copies of the book since I paid for it and I have a signed Power of Attorney form from his lawyer authorizing me to proceed." That's right, Ed Thrice/GothicChess was the clown claiming to have the authority to print My 61 Memorable Games!!! That's the FRAUD!!! http://www.labatechess.com/ed_trice.html

Tom Nixon's picture

It was all a scam by Ed Trice (Gothic Chess). See this link - http://www.labatechess.com/61_games.html

mark's picture

Actually Labate made up everything to retaliate against Trice for "spilling the beans" about Labate's fake Fischer autograph he had on eBay.

http://www.GothicChess.com/labate.html

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