Bobby Fischer Changed his Mind about Women in Chess (1972)

In an earlier interview, former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer said that women are terrible chess players, should be kept out of intellectual affairs and stay at home cleaning. In this interview from 1972, shortly before his World Championship against Boris Spassky, he seems to have changed his opinion somewhat.


  1. Vera Menchik was not Hungarian, she was a Russian born Czechoslovak

  2. Feels like the question is worded wrong.
    Is chess sexists? No
    Is chess a male dominated sport? How can woman enter a sport where she will always feel like the outsider.

  3. Great, fantastic and immortal Bobby Fischer!!! Respect forever!!! 👍👍👍

  4. It just weird to me that we even have womens chess tournaments still. You’d think we wouldn’t have to divide the genders in a game like chess

  5. The ones that scream sexism and racism are the sexists and racists.

  6. That's maturity and learning from his mistakes.

  7. How can there be discrimination in chess
    All rules are just logical so if you play good you win 😂

  8. If yk how to play on their level, theres no one in the community who would look down on you

  9. This was after he came back from Lake Laogai

  10. That's the most American question that one could possibly even asked someone 🤣🤣

  11. If you don't know much, she was a grossmeister with men, which means she was better than enough men to make her grossmeister

  12. I think chess is the most equal game that both genders can play. It's all mental, and I guess some stuff about stamina can go into it but it's very close to being almost non physical.

  13. nothing wrong with saying that a woman's place is in the home.

  14. Group of Men exists
    Americans: whatever you're doing is sexist

  15. Queen gets to jump around the board and king has to move one by one yes its sexist

  16. "we don't have amatuers*
    jumps straight to GM level

  17. The only people who can discriminate against you in chess is yourself after losing 300 elo in a row.

  18. Chess nowadays: Bans trans women.

    I really don't understand the reasoning for doing so IN CHESS because what advantage would a man have over a woman in chess?

  19. Not sure if he's the right guy to ask whether or not there's sexism in chess

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