Bobby Fischer gets solitary confinement

TOKYO, March 8 (UPI) -- Japanese jailers threw chess champion Bobby Fischer into solitary confinement after he allegedly assaulted a guard, Mainichi Shimbun reported Tuesday.

Bobby Fischer could go to Iceland if freed

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, March 4 (UPI) -- Two Icelanders who were involved in Bobby Fischer's chess triumph against Russia's Boris Spassky in 1972 are calling for Fischer's release from jail.

Bobby Fischer says no alcohol makes him ill

USHIKU, Japan, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Chess Champion Bobby Fischer, jailed in Japan, has told an interviewer he believes his inability to get alcohol in jail is bad for his health.

Fischer asks Japan for release to Iceland

TOKYO, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Bobby Fischer, the U.S. chess champion, asked Japanese officials Friday to release him from detention so he can move to Iceland.

Bobby Fischer's fate in hands of official

TOKYO, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Chess legend Bobby Fischer Friday waited in a Japanese jail to see if he would face trial in the United States or be allowed to go to Iceland.

Iceland offers fugitive Fischer a visa

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Former U.S. chess champion Bobby Fischer, on the run for the past decade, has been offered a residency visa by Iceland.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Nov. 5, the 310th day of 2004 with 56 to follow.
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Fischer vows to avenge his incarceration

TOKYO, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Former U.S. chess master Bobby Fischer has vowed to make the leaders of Japan and the United States pay for his lengthy incarceration in Japan.

Bobby Fischer calls jailing 'kidnapping'

TOKYO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Jailed chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer has claimed from his immigration detention cell that he was "kidnapped" by Japan's government.

Bobby Fischer says he's been kidnapped

USHIKU, Japan, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Chess star Bobby Fischer, incarcerated in an immigration bureau detention cell in Japan, said he's been "kidnapped" by the Japanese government.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Sept. 2, the 246th day of 2004 with 120 to follow.
By United Press International

Fischer's fiancee admits marriage for visa

TOKYO, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Japanese chess champion Miyoko Watai admitted in an interview she decided to marry U.S. chess master Bobby Fischer to prevent his expulsion.

Bobby Fischer not deported from Japan

TOKYO, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Immigration officials in Japan said former chess champion Bobby Fischer would not be deported Tuesday night.

Bobby Fischer's fiance says it's for real

TOKYO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The Japanese chess official whom Bobby Fischer has named as his fiance says she truly loves Fischer and is willing to be his "sacrifice pawn."

U.S.: Fischer nationality won't hurt case

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said Monday chess legend Bobby Fischer won't escape prosecution even if he gives up his citizenship.
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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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