Last week, on January 17th, 2008, chess genius Robert "Bobby" Fischer died in Iceland of kidney failure. The Cleveland Public Library's Special Collections Department has several items relating to this prominent figure in the world of chess. Interested patrons may come view these unique items during the library's regular business hours.
I was Tortured in the Pasadena Jailhouse! by Bobby Fischer. This is a very rare booklet self-published by Fischer concerning his treatment after he was mistakenly arrested on suspicion of bank robbery.
Bobby Fischer: Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion compiled and edited by Lou Hays. This is a personalized copy by Fischer to Laszlo Szabo.
World Chess Championship Program - Iceland 1972 - This is from the world famous chess championship in which Fischer beat Russian champion Boris Spassky, effectively ending 24 years of Soviet domination of the World Chess Title.
The Special Collections department has several other items that would be of interest to patrons interested in chess. Items also include autographed game scorecards, a handwritten demand concerning the analysis of chess games, and many others. Please call the department at 216-623-2818 for more information.