Chess legend Bobby Fischer dead at 64

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Bobby Fischer, a former world chess champion famous for a 1972 match against a Soviet champion, has died in Iceland after a long illness. He was 64.

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PETOSKEY, Mich., July 26 (UPI) -- Bill Flemming, an announcer on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" also known for his coverage of Olympics, college football and golf, died in Michigan at age 80.

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Bobby Fischer drops suit against U.S.

SAN DIEGO, April 12 (UPI) -- Chess legend Bobby Fischer, living in exile in Iceland after being expelled from Japan, dropped his lawsuit against the United States.

U.S. ''disappointed' by Fischer departure

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said Thursday it was "disappointed" former Chess champion Bobby Fischer was not returned to the United States.

Japan to let Fischer leave for Iceland

TOKYO, March 23 (UPI) -- Ignoring U.S. requests, Japan has decided to let former world chess champion Bobby Fischer go to Iceland, the BBC reported Wednesday.

Fischer intends to sue U.S. for $200M

TOKYO, March 22 (UPI) -- Chess champion Bobby Fischer, who became a citizen of Iceland Tuesday, says he plans to sue the U.S. government for $200 million dollars.

Iceland approves Bobby Fisher citizenship

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, March 21 (UPI) -- Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer, currently being held in a Japanese jail, was granted Icelandic citizenship, Monday.

Iceland offers Bobby Fischer citizenship

REYKVAVIK, Iceland, March 19 (UPI) -- Icelandic authorities plan to grant U.S. chess genius Bobby Fischer citizenship in their Scandinavian nation next week, the BBC said Saturday.

Bobby Fischer, Iceland's newest citizen?

TOKYO, March 16 (UPI) -- Japan's top immigration official said Wednesday U.S. chess legend Bobby Fischer could be deported to Iceland if the Scandinavian nation naturalized him.

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Robert James "Bobby" Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess player and the eleventh World Chess Champion. He is widely considered one of the greatest chess players of all time. Fischer was also a best-selling chess writer. After ending his competitive career, he proposed a new variant of chess, and a modified chess timing system; both of these ideas have received some support in recent years.

Widely considered a "chess legend", at age 13 Fischer won a “brilliancy” that became known as the Game of the Century. Starting at age 14, he played in eight United States Championships, winning each by at least a point. At 15½, he became both the youngest Grandmaster and the youngest Candidate for the World Championship up until that time. He won the 1963–64 US championship 11–0, the only perfect score in the history of the tournament. In the early 1970s he became the most dominant player in modern history - winning the 1970 Interzonal by a record 3½-point margin and winning 20 consecutive games, including two unprecedented 6–0 sweeps in the Candidates Matches. According to research by Jeff Sonas, in 1971 Fischer had separated himself from the rest of the world by a larger margin of playing skill than any player since the 1870s. He became the first official World Chess Federation (Fédération Internationale des Échecs) (FIDE) number one rated chessplayer in July 1971, and his 54 total months at number one is the third longest of all-time.

In 1972, he captured the World Championship from Boris Spassky of the USSR in a match held in Reykjavík, Iceland that was widely publicized as a Cold War battle. The match attracted more worldwide interest than any chess match, before or since. In 1975, Fischer did not defend his title when he could not come to agreement with FIDE over the conditions for the match. He became more reclusive and played no more competitive chess until 1992, when he won an unofficial rematch against Spassky. This competition was held in Yugoslavia, which was then under a United Nations embargo. This led to a conflict with the US government, and Fischer never returned to his native country; he also owed significant income tax to the US Internal Revenue Service on his prize winnings from the match, which he never paid.

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