Bobby Fischer could go to Iceland if freed

March 4, 2005 at 7:22 PM
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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.

The chess grandmaster has been held by Japanese Immigration Bureau since July of last year for allegedly using a revoked U.S. passport after a U.S. grand jury indicted Fischer in 1992 for having commercial ties with the former Yugoslavia, reported the Mainichi Daily News Friday.

"We may be discussing here a human tragedy in the making," said Gudmunder G. Thorarinsson, the organizer of the 1972 World Chess Championship match in Reykjavik, Iceland. "We are discussing the situation of perhaps the greatest chess genius who has ever walked on this Earth."

Saemundur Palsson, Fischer's bodyguard and a close friend, said that the grandmaster was not a bad man and that the Icelandic Parliament has granted him a passport and traveling papers.

Iceland's Ambassador to Japan Thordur Oskarsson has confirmed a special foreigner's passport is waiting for Fischer at Iceland's Embassy in Tokyo, should be be released and allowed to leave the country.

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