Study on Chess-Sinthome: A New Approach to Bobby Fischer´s Psychosis

For more than a century, the psychology of chess players has drawn the attention of many researchers. There is a conspicuous lack of scientific papers with a logical theory about the delusional insanity of Bobby Fischer and its connection with his prodigious results. A new philosophical model to describe the insanity of the American chess player Bobby Fischer is suggested in this brief theoretical work. We introduce the idea of sinthome, taken from the Lacanian topology of the Borromean knot, based on the groundbreaking work of psychoanalysts, with its three registers: real, symbolic and imaginary [RSI] and its fourth stabilizer knot at the breaking of the symbolic knot. To designate the antipsychotic position played by ultra-competitive chess in the lives and minds of some great players, we call it chess-sinthome here. After the groundbreaking works were already studied, this category of chess sinthome that was introduced to our study by Lacanian theory could be viewed as a new second-generation model to understand Bobby Fischer’s psychosis. There is an interesting viewpoint on the potential to predict its clinical presence in the near future.

Author (s) Details

Dr. Jorge Luis Zirulnik
Infectology/ AIDS Unit, J. A. Fernandez Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dr. Miguel Angel Pagano
Neurology Unit, J. A. Fernandez Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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