World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer Dies at 64
By Howard Schneider
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 18, 2008; 8:25 AM
Bobby Fischer, the chess genius who careened during his life from Cold War hero to eccentric international exile, died Thursday at his home in Iceland. He was 64.
Fischer's spokesman, Gardar Sverrisson, told wire services that the former world chess champion died at a Reykjavik hospital. No cause of death was given.
A solitary and combative figure, Fischer was born in Chicago, grew up in Brooklyn, and by age 15 had attained the rank of grandmaster. He thrilled Americans in 1972 when he dethroned Russian grandmaster and then-world champion Boris Spassky in a 24-game match held in the Icelandic capital.