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In memoriam Bobby Fischer

By Tom Chatfield  

At the unexpectedly early age of 64, chess great Bobby Fischer has died. Fischer had been based in Iceland since 2005, before which he had spent years on the run and endured a brief spell in prison, as a result of his contravening the UN embargo on sporting interactions with Yugoslavia, where in 1992 he played (and won) a bizarre “revenge match of the century” against Boris Spassky.

It was a strange end to a strange life which took in paranoia and Holocaust denial in its later years, having begun with quite astonishing promise as the youngest US chess champion…

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