Catholic Burial For Troubled Chess King

Bobby Fischer, once the world chess champion, requested a burial according to the Catholic funeral rite. His wish seemed unusual for a man born into a Jewish family, who later was involved with an evangelical Christian sect (some would say cult). His anti-Jewish and anti-American comments in recent years had earned him enmity from many quarters. His breaking of the embargo against Serbia in 1992 led to an arrest warrant issued by the US government. He lived his last years as an exile in Iceland.

Only five people attended the Rite of Committal in a small city thirty miles from the capital Rejkjavik.

“I don’t know if he converted to the Catholic faith, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t,” said Father Jakob Rolland of the Rejkjavik diocese.

He was an inspiration to many chess players of my generation. I began playing serious chess in the aftermath of what is known as the “Fischer Boom,” a period in which many American youth took to the game during Fischer’s World Championship reign.

About these ads

About catholicsensibility

Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
This entry was posted in Liturgy. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s