Tony Saidy at the 2002 U.S. Chess Championships in Seattle, Washington
Anthony Saidy (born May 16, 1937) is an International Master of chess. He has played many times in the U.S. Chess Championship. He won the 1960 Canadian Open Chess Championship. He is the author of several chess books, including The Battle of Chess Ideas, and The World of Chess (with Norman Lessing). His most recent book, 1983, a Dialectical Novel, is a work of "what if" political fiction inspired by Saidy's four sojourns in the USSR, during which he was able to get to know Russians from all walks of life in both public and intimate settings. The work gained highly praise from Harrison Salisbury, Pulitzer Prize-winning Moscow correspondent of the New York Times. He is a retired medical doctor.
Saidy competed in chess as a youth and during that period befriended Robert James Fischer (Bobby Fischer). It was in Saidy's family home in Douglaston Queens that Bobby Fischer secluded himself prior to departing for Reykjavík to play in the World Chess Championship 1972. Saidy successfully encouraged the apparently reluctant Fischer to go to Iceland for the championship. Fischer subsequently defeated Boris Spassky (USSR) and was named the FIDE World Chess Champion. This secured Fischer's legacy as many believe him to be the greatest chess player to have lived. Saidy held a close relationship with Fischer until 1979 when he told Fischer that if he did not play chess eventually people would not ask him to play chess.