Saturday, January 19, 2008

US Dissident Chess Champion Bobby Fischer dies

[Dissident definition]

Chess legend Fischer dies at 64
Bobby Fischer in 1992
The US-born player was a fierce critic of his government

The controversial former world chess champion, Bobby Fischer, has died in Iceland at the age of 64.

The US-born player, who became famous for beating Cold War Soviet rival Boris Spassky in 1972, died of an unspecified illness, his spokesman said.

He was granted Icelandic citizenship in 2005 as a way to avoid being deported to the US. [more from the BBC]

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