Friday, March 18, 2005

Food for thought - Bobby Fischer finds a home

Iceland to Grant Ex-Chess Champ Fischer Citizenship

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Iceland's parliament said on Friday it would grant fugitive chess master Bobby Fischer citizenship to allow him to travel to Reykjavik from Japan, where he is in detention fighting a U.S. deportation order.

The 62-year-old American is wanted in the United States for violating sanctions against the former Yugoslavia by playing a chess match there in 1992. He was arrested in Japan last July for traveling on an invalid U.S. passport.

Chess fans in Iceland, where Fischer won the world title in 1972 in a classic Cold War encounter with Soviet champion Boris Spassky, offered him a home late last year and lobbied officials to issue him a special passport to travel there.


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