- Bobby Fischer, the reclusive American chess grandmaster,
has broken years of silence to support the terrorist attacks on the World
Trade Centre and the Pentagon.
- The Telegraph has discovered that Mr Fischer gave an
interview to an obscure radio station in the Philippines hours after the
events on September 11.
- Mr Fischer is already wanted for questioning by the FBI
for breaking UN sanctions by taking part in a chess match in Serbia
Boris Spassky in 1992 - his first for 20 years.
- In his interview on September 11 with Radio Bombo in
Baguio City, Mr Fischer said: "This is all wonderful news. It is
time to finish off the US once and for all.
- "I was happy and could not believe what was
All the crimes the US has committed in the world. This just shows, what
goes around comes around, even to the US.
- "I applaud the act. The US and Israel have been
slaughtering the Palestinians for years. Now it is coming back at the
- Mr Fischer, 58, also attacked Israel and "Jews"
who he claimed were responsible for "bringing" the attack on
the World Trade Centre. He gave the interview because he is a friend of
Pablo Mercado, the station manager. They met through their mutual friend
Eugene Torre, the Filipino chess grandmaster.
- Last night Mr Mercado confirmed that he took the call
from Mr Fischer and then interviewed him live on air. He has met Mr
on several previous occasions with Mr Torre.
- Mr Mercado said: "Bobby rang me up while he was
watching the events in New York live on television. He felt so strongly
about what he was watching, he wanted to say the American government had
it coming to them.
- "I was shocked but not surprised. I know his views
about America because I have spoken to him on a number of occasions and
met him through our mutual friend Eugene Torre. It is Bobby Fischer without
a shadow of a doubt."
- Mr Mercado said that Mr Fischer had put on weight since
his last public appearance and talked constantly of his old chess matches.
He always carried chess books with him.
- The Telegraph tracked down Mr Fischer to his hideaway
in Japan on Friday but he put the telephone down. Mr Fischer, who has
been a grandmaster since the 1950s, became the first - and so far only
- American world champion in 1972.
- He disappeared for the best part of 20 years before
in 1992 to play against his old opponent Spassky for $5 million.
- The match broke sanctions imposed by the United Nations
and in a controversial move he was indicted in the United States. President
George Bush, the father of the current president, gave his personal
for the legal action.
- Mr Fischer, who usually lives in Hungary, is a well-known
anti-Semite who has spoken out against "the international Jewish
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