Quinteros: My friendship with Bobby Fischer
The Charismatic Miguel Quinteros
The first time I saw Miguel Angel Quinteros he resembled more a playboy than a chess player. Tall, debonair and with that distinctly Argentine habit of getting right up next to you when speaking, few of the women members of the popular Montreal chess club En Passant could resist Miguel’s charm for very long. He quickly developed a well deserved reputation for being a lady’s man.
It was the summer of 1974 and Montreal was host to the Canadian Open, sponsored by the leading french-language newspaper La Presse. Many of the best grandmasters of the world took part: Larsen, Ljubojevic, Hort and Suttles.
Miguel Quinteros, born 28.12.1947 in Buenos Aires, was also perhaps Bobby Fischer’s closest confidant, and a relationship that would endure for decades.
Especially, Quinteros played a very important role as an intermediate in Fischer’s dealing with third parties, a role he would faithfully serve right from when they first time they met in Buenos Aires in July 1970.
1972, Reyjkavik World Chess Championship. Here we can see William Lombardy (left), who was officially Fischer’s second, and beside him Miguel Quinteros. As pointed out above, Miguel worked behind the scenes playing a very important role in Fischer’s life.
Article by Quinteros on Fischer (July, 2020)
The above serves as an introduction for my readers who might not know very much about the Argentine grandmaster Miguel Quinteros. Earlier this week in Argentina, Quinteros published an intimate and fascinating article dealing with his life-long relationship with Bobby Fischer. (You can download the PDF here.)
For history buffs this article is a goldmine of personal information that has been kept secret all of these years. Unfortunately, it is in Spanish, but it just takes a minute to translate with any number of online Spanish to English translators and is well worth the effort. Enjoy!