Death of Bobby Fischer

March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008
Reykjavík, Iceland | Age 64

Former chess champion dead at 64
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Reykjavik, Iceland -- Bobby Fischer, the reclusive chess genius who became a Cold War icon by dethroning the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky as world champion in 1972, has died, his spokesman said Friday. He was 64.

Fischer spokesman Gardar Sverrisson said Fischer died in a Reykjavik hospital on Thursday. Icelandic media reported that he died of kidney failure after a long illness.

U.S.-born Fischer, a fierce critic of his homeland who renounced his U.S. citizenship, moved to...

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