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Old 09-19-2019, 09:57 PM
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Top level chess players have a notorious reputation of being close to the edge, and a few have gone over it. The top example is Bobby Fisher, who lost his World Championship when he refused to defend it, became a recluse, then resurfaced 20 years later to play a non-sanctioned match; got himself in trouble with the U.S. government, publicly applauded the 9/11 attacks, and was a noted anti-Semite, among other personality flaws.

But Fisher isn't the only one. Wilhelm Steinmetz died in a mental hospital, penniless. Paul Morphy may have had a shoe fetish. Alexander Alekhine collaborated with the Nazis and was possibly murdered by a Soviet hit squad. Compared to them, Gary Kasparov's attempt to steal (actually buy) the presidency of the World Chess Federation is pretty mundane.