Gah! I had a ridiculously long thread and the Fucking Spastic Hampsters ate it…so the abbreviated version here:
In a nutshell, the elusive Bobby Fischer was picked up in Japan for an outdated Passport, and is subsequently being deported from Japan to the US for breaking a federal law stating American citizens cannot conduct business in countries who have international sanctions against them. As Yugoslavia had sanctions and Bobby Fischer won 3 mill IIRC, from his rematch against Spassky he was in violation.
Though I doubt that was the reason he was so reclusive - if you know anything about Fischer there are much more entertaining things demonstrated by Fischer - and his hate for the US was certainly not kept under wraps by Fischer…
One of my gripes is as stated by Liberal here:
That is just one of them. Anyway for those of us who are or have been active in the chess realm…this is again ludicrous crap against Fischer, and certainly more fuel for his fire. My WAG is that when this is all over, we’ll most likely never see or hear from him again. Any of you chess fiends - and I know some of you were rated at one point or another - or just anyone following this - what say you? Hold nothing back…thats why we’re in the pit!