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Checkmate for Bobby Fischer

Checkmate for Bobby Fischer
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Former US world chess champion Bobby Fischer has died, aged 64. His death was announced by the media in Iceland, where he had moved in 2005 to avoid being deported to the United States.

Dubbed the “Mozart of Chess”, Fischer became US Open Champion at 14. He burst on to the world stage in 1972, beating the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky in Reykjavik in a blaze of Cold War publicity. But he was the bane of tournament organisers, making endless demands about the furniture or lighting before he would play.

Fischer lost his title in 1975 when he refused to compete and disappeared from view, reappearing in 1992 when, disregarding a US embargo, he played Spassky in the former Yugoslavia.

He hit the headlines again after the September 11 attacks in 2001, which he described as “wonderful news”. He was granted Icelandic citizenship in 2005.

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