But the news from the closing party in Sveti Stefan that Bobby Fischer was laughing and playing friendly games with journalists comes as a real shock. And as for his joining in a conga dance, and bopping to Yugoslav folk tunes, these are signs that the man is seriously disturbed. Did Howard Hughes ever conga? Did John Paul Getty II ever bop? Such behaviour can give a recluse a bad name.
Can it be, after all these years, and with a few good wins again under his belt, that Bobby is becoming more human? Is he losing his other-worldliness?
All the evidence suggests that he is. And behind it all lurks the figure of Zita Rajcsanyi, the 18- year-old Hungarian girl who was the first to contact the match organisers with the news that Bobby wanted to play again. 'I do believe it's love,' said one chess analyst present at the start of the match. 'Love wins everything, even the champion of the world,' said another. And (Freudians please note) Fischer did, after all, in game 4, for the first time in his life, accept the Queen's Gambit.
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