Chess legend Fischer dies at 64

From BBC News:

The controversial former world chess champion, Bobby Fischer, has died in Iceland at the age of 64.

The US-born player, who became famous for beating Cold War Soviet rival Boris Spassky in 1972, died of an unspecified illness, his spokesman said.

He was granted Icelandic citizenship in 2005 as a way to avoid being deported to the US.

Mr Fischer was wanted for breaking international sanctions by playing a match in the former Yugoslavia in 1992.

He also had alienated many in his homeland by broadcasting anti-Semitic diatribes and expressing support for the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York.

The reclusive player – who had renounced his US citizenship – had lived undetected in Japan for a number of years before moving to Iceland.


  1. I’ve followed a few of his games in “The Complete Chess Addict”, and I have to say, the guy had some amazing “moves”. Real virtuosity.

    Too bad about his personality, though.

    Godspeed. Good riddance.

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