Thursday, January 17, 2019

Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the death of one of the greatest chess players in the history of this game; On January 17, 2008,

Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the death of one of the greatest chess players in the history of this game; On January 17, 2008, the former world champion, the Icelandic of North American origin, Robert James Fischer, died in the hospital of the National University of Iceland as a result of a blockage of the urinary tract, which without authorization for medical treatment resulted in a fatal acute renal failure. At age 64, and only three of his return to the land spot that saw him shine brightest - there in 1972, he won the world title against the Russian Boris Spassky - the eccentric Bobby Fischer was buried between roosters and midnight in an ice cream field in Selfoss (60 km from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland), on the grounds of a Christian cemetery of the Laugardal church, after an intimate private ceremony that had only five witnesses.
El último Fischer, barbado y con pelo largo, ya en Islandia, desistió de hacerse un tratamiento odontológico por temor a que “los rusos le pusieran un transmisor”
Eleven years ago a mortal check removed the king of chess from the game; With the goodbye to Bobby Fischer the last demons escaped, their ghosts ran behind new shadows, and the legend shot up to the stars.

The troubled life of Robert James Fischer, perhaps like tangos, can be recited from memory; the years of childhood, youth and old age were told in chapters and adapted by literature, even came to the theater and the cinema. However, little is known about his last play; of his stay, illness and death in Iceland, the island known for its volcanic activity that in the nineteenth century inspired Jules Verne in his work A Journey to the Center of the Earth. A territory that is located between Greenland and Great Britain, and that has a surface similar to the province of Chaco but with only a third of its population.

On March 23, 2005, Bobby Fischer, accompanied by his new wife, Miyoko Watai (president of the Chess Federation of Japan) arrived at the airport in Keflavik (Iceland) on flight SK984 of Scandinavian Airways, with previous stopover in Denmark, from Narita (Japan); behind left the nightmare of nine months in prison.

"Bush and Koizumi (former presidents of the USA and Japan) are criminals, they deserve to be hanged," was the first battery of tirades released by the former world champion, who wore a Forrest Gump look, disheveled, with a long beard and cap with a visor, when stepping on Icelandic soil.

Bobby had been arrested on July 13, 2004, at the Narita airport, while attempting to board a flight to the Philippines, with his passport - Z7792702 - declared invalid by a federal arrest warrant for felony, which he signed on December 11. 2003 the then president George HW Bush. Therefore, while in custody in Japan, the US Department of Justice issued an order for the deportation of citizen Robert James Fischer to serve a sentence of ten years in prison and a fine of 250 thousand dollars.
Fischer frente a Spassky en 1972, el encuentro fue en Islandia, donde Bobby se convirtió en ídolo nacional
The penalty was as a result of having violated an order from the State Department and the United Nations (UN) when, in 1992, after twenty years of absences, Fischer returned to chess to play a match for the World Cup with his old Friend, the Russian Spassky. The duel was held in a nation (Yugoslavia) on which a trade embargo was hanging. Given that Bobby received more than half of the prize pool - the match distributed USD 5,000,000 - he was a fugitive for 12 years (he visited Argentina between June 23 and July 12, 1996) until he was arrested in Japan .

There he spent a month in the airport jail and later in an immigrant center in Ushiku (60 km from Tokyo) where he remained isolated and shackled for bad behavior. Sixteen security doors and a glass wall separated him from each of the visitors who came to help him. The lawyer Masako Suzuki, the Canadian journalist John Bosnitch and his wife, Miyoko Watai (celebrated his marriage with Fischer in prison) founded the Free Bobby Fischer Committee so that the news transcended, aroused solidarities and allowed them to gain time in the search for variants to avoid deportation. Meanwhile, Boris Spassky wrote a letter of "mercy and charity" to George Bush, requesting permission to share the cell with his old rival, with the only condition of having a chess game.
(Gentileza Hrefna Björg Gylfadóttir)
Fischer versus Spassky in 1972, the meeting was in Iceland, where Bobby became a national idol
Fischer versus Spassky in 1972, the meeting was in Iceland, where Bobby became a national idol
Orders for renouncing American nationality or for a new juridical framing in the figure of political refugee were not enough. Nor did his marriage give him the desired Japanese visa. The only option to avoid deportation was obtaining a new passport; process citizenship and residency request in a new country. But who would give it to him? Neither Germany, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Montenegro or Switzerland

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