Friday, January 18, 2008

A Year for Every Square: Bobby Fischer Dies at 64

Scoring Update! The points change, death remains the same...

Bobby Fischer, the reclusive American chess master who became a Cold War icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky as world champion in 1972, has died. He was 64.

Born in Chicago and raised in Brooklyn, Fischer was a U.S. chess champion at 14 and a grand master at 15. He beat Spassky in a series of games in Reykjavik to claim America's first world chess championship in more than a century.

But his reputation as a genius of chess soon was eclipsed by his idiosyncrasies. A few years after the Spassky match, he forfeited the title to another Soviet, Anatoly Karpov, when he refused to defend it.
Congratulations and 24 points are awarded to I AM READY TO MEET MY MAKER. The Rosters and Standings have been updated.

[USA Today]

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